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Angkor Wat – Siem Reap – Cambodia

There are few places in the world that give you that euphoric feeling that is unexplainable. Places like Machu Picchu are known to hold a unique energy that many can’t describe and can only be felt and understood while being there.   We would describe Angkor Wat as one of those places.  To visit Angkor Wat you must wake up at 4am to watch the sunrise over Angkor Wat, an experience not to be missed. You can book a tutu through your hotel/hostel to pick you up and take you there, the cost is about $20USD for the day. Make sure to take water, your camera and sunblock for when the sun comes out.

After watching the sunrise, spend the day going through  each section of the entire Angkor city. To understand the Angkor Wat story take a day to visit the Angkor National Museum and do spring for the audio tour, totally worth it. Take it from an experienced museum visitor, the audio tour at this museum was worth every penny. The night market in Siem Reap is great place for shopping, eating and bars. Khmer BBQ is the specialty in Angkor Wat but we were also able to find a really great vegan restaurant and Italian place that served really great brick oven pizza place, Il Forno.

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The shot you wake up at 4am for.

Angkor Wat Cambodia Siem Reap

Once the sun rises, the moment is gone.

Angkor Wat Cambodia Siem Reap

Many of the Buddha statues are missing their heads.

Angkor Wat Cambodia Siem Reap

Another Buddha missing the head.

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Statues on a bridge.

Angkor Wat Cambodia Siem Reap

The south gate entrance to Prasat Bayon.

Angkor Wat Cambodia Siem Reap

Inside the south gate.

Angkor Wat Cambodia Siem Reap

Looking back on the entrance.

Angkor Wat Cambodia Siem Reap

Prasat Bayon

Angkor Wat Cambodia Siem Reap

Prasat Bayon is also massive and one of the most visited in Angkor.

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Praying to Buddha

Angkor Wat Cambodia Siem Reap

Underneath the bridge heading to Baphuon.

Angkor Wat Cambodia Siem Reap

The view from the top of Baphuon.

Angkor Wat Cambodia Siem Reap

If you look closely, you see a laying Buddha made out of the stones.

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Ta Prohm

Angkor Wat Cambodia Siem Reap

Ta Prohm is probably the most famous because of Tomb Raider. You’ll find Many tourist walking around and taking photos.

Angkor Wat Cambodia Siem Reap

The Tomb Raider tree in Ta Prohm.

Angkor Wat Cambodia Siem Reap

One of the best parts was seeing that they are attempting to salvage much of the remand and rebuild Angkor City.

 

What to avoid: You will occasional see children panhandling in Angkor Wat and at the Night Market, it’s sad and breaks your heart, don’t give them money it only goes to their owners. Some sites recommend to bring candy or some sort of treat for the kids but this has also increased teeth decay among young Cambodian children.  Don’t trust the food at the bus stops or anywhere that doesn’t look clean and new, you don’t want to end your trip on a bad note. Take it from us, it can get ugly, so be careful with what you eat.

There is so much to see in Angkor City that it’s impossible to see it in one day.  At least a week would be needed to properly explore this city but most people are satisfied after a couple days.  I for one, want to come back and explore more of this ancient city.

Have you been to Angkor Wat?  What was your favorite part?

 

  • Jess

    Those ruins are amazing! Definitely worth getting up at 4am for.

    • Yes it is! I have to plan a trip back to explore it some more!

  • I loved Ta Prohm – probably my favorite bit of the whole site. I didn’t get a chance to see Angkor Wat at sun rise, but exploring it all was fun (and hot!).

    • Ta Prohm was awesome but extremely crowded. The crowds made me enjoy it a little less. Angkor Wat during the sunrise is a unique experience. It’s also really crowded but you get a surreal feeling during the sunrise. It’s worth the crowd and early wake up.

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