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.
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?