Angkor Wat is one of the most visited sites in South East Asia, and is the reason most tourists visit Cambodia. I spent a full day looking around 3 of the most popular temples with some friends and a tour guide. I was fortunate enough to have a day of good weather, especially as the rain had been relentless for the majority of my time in Cambodia.
Angkor Thom was our first stop. Our guide said we would leave Angkor Wat until last because then the sun would be behind us making for better photography.
Ta Prohm is commonly known as the “Tomb Raider” temple, as it’s most famously featured in the Tomb Raider film starring Angelina Jolie. Ta Prohm has been reclaimed by nature, as evidenced by the many trees sprouting from the ruins.
Undoubtedly the most famous temple, Angkor Wat. I was amazed by how large the temple was! Whilst it was definitely the busiest in terms of the number of tourists, it certainly didn’t feel too crowded. Because it was low season, there was no queuing to get inside the temple.
- If it’s cloudy, there’s no point in doing the sunrise tour. You will not see the sunrise. However, the temperature may be better for viewing temples. It’s up to you.
- Expect it to be busy. The Temples of Angkor are popular. There will be massive tour groups, even in low season. Be patient. You will get that photo.
- Food is expensive. Bring snacks or be prepared to pay the hefty prices.
- Entrance to the Angkor temples is $20 for one day and it’s around $18 to hire a tuk-tuk for the day (this can be split between up to 4 people).
Angkor Wat is definitely one of the highlights of my time in South East Asia. The temples are amazing and I would certainly go back if I had the opportunity (although I’d choose to return in the dry season).
Planning a trip to Cambodia? Check out my Phnom Penh post.