Cambodia

Our 15 photos that make you want to visit Angkor Wat

After three months of traveling, some sort of pattern is starting to reveal itself: we do some sightseeing, visit a bunch of ‘must sees’ and afterwards feel like we need something a bit more active.

Myanmar was all about temples, nature, and meditation. So when we got to Koh Tao we got some frustration out of our system with Muay Thai (a welcome relief after 10 days of silence and meditation). We also got our open water diving certificate and Flore got in tune with her body doing some relaxing yoga.

Which brings us to the next cycle, starting with… Cambodia’s Angkor Wat. One of the most famous and ancient temple complexes in the world, forgotten centuries ago and then rediscovered while nature was already reclaiming its place.

These are our 15 photos that we hope will make you want to discover the whole area of Angkor yourself.

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Feel like Angelina Jolie in “Tomb Raider temple” Tha Phrom

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Those colours…

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I see faces

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and that light…

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At moments it feels like you’re in the middle of an adventure movie

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Also not to be missed; the Japanese with their portable fans

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We hope these pictures convince you to go and see Angkor Wat and as preparing a visit to the temples can be a bit overwhelming, these are the things we’ve found good to know:

Get a three-day entrance pass to the Angkor site so you can explore all the temples at your own pace, taking your time to stop and wonder around as long as you like or, let’s be honest, do a drive-by because some of the temples look just like the ones you’ve seen before. We did the big tour on day one, the small tour around Angkor Tom on day two, took a break on the third day and then revisited our favourites on day four by bike.

Which is why we recommend renting a bike to explore some of the temples. We hired a tuk-tuk to do two tours but the nicest way for us to visit the temples was by bike. Some say it’s too hot, but whether you’re in a tuk-tuk or on a bike, you’re gonna be sweating all day long anyway. You might as well be fully in charge of where and when you’re going while you’re at it, no? Also, cruising around on your bike gives you a very cooling breeze.

One of the things a lot of people do is watching the sunrise at the Angkor Wat temple. As we already got a beautiful sunset on the first day of our visit we didn’t really felt the need to get up at 3 am 🙂 But if you do want to watch the sunrise you can ask your hotel to make you a breakfast box if it’s included in your stay and make a picnic out of it.

We stayed in Siem Reap, the city near the Angkor complex, at the end of September, when it’s still supposed to be rainy season. As we said, it only rained once or twice during our five-day stay and we didn’t see bus loads of tourists or had to wait in line to take pictures. So visiting during wet season definitely has its advantages.

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