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Angkor What!? Cambodia Part 2
It’s the reason most people come to Cambodia. It was one of the top things on our to-do list for South East Asia. “One of the big ones”, as we’ve been calling it. Angkor Wat is up there with the Pyramids of Giza and the Great Wall of China. Needless to say, we were pretty excited for this one. We’re going to keep the text light on this one, and let the pictures speak for themselves – starting with the iconic sunrise photos .
It costs $37 USD for a day pass to the Angkor Archaeological Park, and $62 USD for 3 days. It used to be $20 for a day and $40 for 3 days, but they just increased the price in February unfortunately. In truth, they could probably charge twice that and it would still be packed.
Everyone knows the area generally as Angkor Wat, but in reality Angkor Wat is only one of dozens of temple around Siem Reap. Angkor Wat is the most famous, touted as the largest religion structure in the world and known for its iconic sunrise. But despite its amazing sun rise, it wasn’t our favorite temple. It wasn’t even in the top 3. Here are a bunch of our favourite photos from the other temples in the Angkor area.
The main cluster of temples, which includes Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom, are about 9km north of Siem Reap city centre. Most people hire a tuk tuk for the day, who will drive them around to whatever temples you like. We opted to save a little money and go with an electric scooter. Having to find places to charge over lunch is a bit of a pain, but getting stuck without battery would be worse. We had a close call on our first day with the e-bike, having overestimated our remaining battery (though we think the gauge reads faulty) and nearly running out of juice on the side of the road in the dark, in a forest. Thankfully we made it, albeit very slowly, to a coffee shop where we must have appeared quite the sight, waving our extension cord around trying to convey to the non-English speaking staff that we need an outlet.
And last but not least, the town (city?) of Siem Reap. Its a fun town, with cheap beer and nice restaurants.
Doug & Emily / April 6, 2017 / Siem Reap, Cambodia at Owl Inn / 6:36pm