Three Days in Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat is one of the most visited temples in the world, but despite the fame surrounding the name, there are a lot of misconceptions about what Angkor Wat really is and how to plan the visit. Angkor Wat is the name of a protected area in Siem Reap, composed of many temples with different names. Angkor Wat is also the name of the biggest and most famous temple. You can’t walk the distance between the temples, you need to hire a tuk-tuk that takes you around. If you have time, spend three days in Angkor Wat because there is a lot to see and the heat and humidity will slow you down. The cost of the pass is $40 per person. The typical tourist itinerary is the one day pass starting with the sunrise at Angkor Wat, the visit of the temple in the morning and more temples in the afternoon. The best thing you can do to avoid the crowd is to do the opposite route. With the help of our driver, we planned our three days itinerary. The cost of the tuk-tuk for 3 days is around $50. First-day route: North Gate of Angkor Thom, Preah Khan, Bayon, Baphuon, Terrace of the Elephants, South Gate of Angkor Thom.
Second-day route: 2nd day route: Angkor Wat. Take the morning to rest and start the visit in the early afternoon because the tourists that do the 1 day route will be gone by that time.
Third-day route: Ta Prohm, Prae Roup, Eastern Mebon, Prasat Banteay Srei.
Some temples are more impressive than others and it depends on your personal taste, but in the must see list, I would put: Angkor Wat (of course), Bayon for the giant buddha heads, Prae Roup for its majesty and Ta Prohm for its trees merged into the temples.
Siem Reap is a touristy town where you will find cheap and good accommodation. People are generally nice and helpful. Try your best to help locals eating in small restaurants (the ones with the plastic chairs to be clear). Food is cheap and tasty. Also please give a little something to support Cambodian kids (many hotels and restaurants have a little box for your offers).
WHERE TO STAY:
288 Boutique Hotel conveniently located walking distance from shops and restaurants. Staff is nice and if you don't feel like going out the food of the restaurant is great.