Travel Log: Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia
After about six days in Thailand (check out my travel logs on Bangkok here and here, as well as my Koh Samui travel log here), we flew to Cambodia for a step back in time. Angkor Archaeological Park is a UNESCO world heritage site, one of the most important in Southeast Asia and home to the former capitals of the Khmer Empire. Visiting the Angkor temples has been on my bucket list for a while now, and January was the perfect time to visit for warm and dry weather. January is within the peak tourist season (November through March), so we knew we would need a plan to avoid the worst of the crowds. The best piece of advice I received was to hire a car and driver to visit the major temples, and I am so glad we did. During the dry season, it gets hot and dusty and being in an open tuktuk looked miserable. The car and driver cost us $30 USD for ~8 hours and we enjoyed history lessons from our friendly driver as well as air conditioning, cold water, and door-to-door service. Our driver picked us up from our hotel after breakfast, took us straight to the Angkor ticket office to get our day passes, and then dropped us off in front of Angkor Wat about 8:00 am. We were told that most of the tour buses go to Angkor Thom first, then Angkor Wat, so he took us the opposite route. After dropping us off at each location, he would wait for us in the parking lots and was always very easy to find. Best $30 spent of the trip, hands down. Please read on for photos and details of our time in Angkor Wat, the most famous site within the Angkor Archaeological Park.
I hope you enjoyed these photos and details about Angkor Wat, and if you have ever been thinking about visiting Cambodia I absolutely recommend a visit to Siem Reap and its amazing historical sites. Please stay tuned for more posts on Angkor temples, and thank you for visiting my blog today! I hope you have a great week.