Explore Angkor Wat Siem Reap Cambodia
Visit Angkor Wat Siem Reap Cambodia. Learn about the famous Temples of Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm and the Bayon. Find out how to get to Angkor Wat from Phnom Penh or Bangkok by bus and with cheap flights to Cambodia. Explore Siem Reap attractions.
Things to see & do in Angkor Wat Siem Reap:
Siem Reap city center is fun to walk around with lots of shops, markets and restaurants. When you’re not at the temples, this is a good place to hang out. Everything is withing walking distance. The Noon-Night Market and Night Market are both here. They have similar products to Thailand but seemed even less expensive. Pub Street is lined with restaurants.
Angkor Wat. Even if you’re only here for one full day, you might want to get the 3 day pass because some of the things are best seen at sunset or sunrise — then you can go at night when you arrive and in the morning when you leave. The 3 day pass is $40 usd per person (the 1 day pass is $20usd). Here are the temples that I liked in Angor Wat Siem Reap:
- Ta Prohm. I loved this temple. It’s one of the only ones that’s been left with the jungle still over-powering it. Huge tree roots cover the rock walls with towering trees rising overhead. It’s also where Tomb Raider was filmed and is usually what is shown in photos of the Angor Wat area. Arrive here very early in the morning, before the sun is up. We left at 5:30am. Bring a flashlight. Enter the gate and travel along the path through the jungle, watching for the snakes that come out of the jungle at night (we didn’t see any). Parrots, owls and pok-pok surround you overhead and fill the night with many sounds. The sun will rise as you begin to explore the temple. Later in the day, hundreds of people will fill the temple, but at this hour, you’ll have it to yourselves. If you go to Ta Prohm, you can stop at Takeo on your way back. After a steep climb up the pyramid steps, you’re rewarded with a nice view over the jungle.
- Angor Wat. Angor Wat is also a good place to watch the sunrise — or set — or both. Angor Wat and Angor Thom are close to Siem Reap.
- Angor Thom. More wild monkeys here. We didn’t, but it’s possible to take an elephant ride between the temples in this area. At Angkor Thom, explore the Terrace of the Leper King (a carved platform was the royal crematorium – the statue that was originally thought to be the leper king); the Terrace of Elephants; the Baphuon; and temple of the Bayon, at the exact center of Angkor Thom.
- For sunset, head to the mountain temple of Phnom Bakheng to see the sunset cast its soft light over Angkor Wat. Phnom Bakheng is also close to Siem Reap. You can ride an elephant to the top.
- We also saw Banteay Samre (temple has elaborate carvings), Banteay Srei (temple dedicated to Hindu god Shiva), Preah Khan (hall of dancers), and Neak Poan (a large ornamental fountain and pools). All were interesting and worth seeing, but with limited time, I’d skip these. They’re also farther from Siem Reap.
In one (exhausting) day, you could rise early and go to Ta Prohm and Takeo, then go back to the hotel for a nap (you’d need to get here by tuk-tuk or car). Then see Angor Wat and Angor Thom in the afternoon and finish at Phnom Bakheng at sunset (you could bike to these afternoon temples, if you wanted). On the day you arrive, you could see the sunset at Angor Wat and on the day you leave you could see the sunrise at Angor Wat.
Places to Eat in Siem Reap:
- Viva Mexican Cafe — Mexican food in Cambodia!! complete with cheap margaritas and burritos.
- Temple Club (upstairs) has evening Apsara performances. They begin with traditional Khmer music. Then a welcome dance, coconut dance and finally the Apsara dancers. Order a $3 pitcher of beer and excellent spring rolls with peanut sauce. Temple Club is on Pub Street in Siem Reap.
- Blue Pumpkin for dessert.
- World Lounge for Amok dishes (chicken, beef or fish). Located on Pub Street. 2 meals plus beer cost less than $10.
- The Red Piano where you can sip a Tomb Raider cocktail and sit on the patio where Angelina Jolie sat while filming in Siem Reap. This restaurant also makes a good Amok, but is a little pricier than World Lounge across the street.
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History of Angkor Wat
Journey to the ancient religious complex of Angkor Wat in the jungles of Cambodia. A “city of temples” that reveals itself through a vast labyrinth of carved facades, galleries, and stairways.
Angelina Jolie explores Angkor Wat in Tomb Raider
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