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Angkor Wat in a Day

A November 2005 trip to Angkor Wat by nemo247

Temple Complex of Angkor Wat Photo, Siem Reap, Cambodia More Photos
Quote: The best way to organize a quick tour of Angkor Wat and Siem Reap, plus hotel and transportation recommendations

Angkor Wat in a Day

Overview

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The sunrise (very crowded) and sunset at Angkor Wat (equally crowded)

Quick Tips:

Do some homework. You will get a LOT more out of the visit if you do some background reading beforehand.

Best Way To Get Around:

Traveling solo, book a motorcycle taxi for the day ( to , depending on the distance). If you're going with two to three people, book a tuk-tuk ( to , depending on the distance). Always book ahead through your hotel and insist on a helmet.

The European

Hotel

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They offer clean rooms for cheap ($6 to $8 for a fan room) in a very quiet area of Seim Reip just off the beaten path. My favourite thing about this place was that with only two floors you don't have to worry about climbing up 5 flights of stairs. All the rooms feature 10 ft ceilings and gorgeous solid wood furniture. There is a little communal balcony on the second floor that makes a perfect place to chill out with a beer after a long day hiking around Angkor. Staff was very friendly and spoke excellent English. The restaurant food was only okay, but the portions were very generous and the menu had a decent selection. They offer the usual services (laundry, tour bookings etc..) but you have to go dow...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 29, 2005

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I had a chicken and cashew stir-fry that was so good, I went back the next day and tried the amok (a traditional fish curry); both meals were amazing. The service and decor were on par with what I would expect from a mid-range restaurant or better. They were good about little details, like providing mosquito coils, which you usually have to forgo at a budget restaurant. I didn't see anything on the menu for over $5, and it actually had a good variety--not the standard five flavors of rice and ten of noodles.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 28, 2005

Two Dragons Guesthouse
Wat Bo Village
Angkor Wat, Cambodia
855/63-965-107

Temple Complex of Angkor Wat

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Attraction | "How to plan your Itinerary"

Temple Complex of Angkor Wat Photo, Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Things to keep in Mind: Broadly speaking, there are two types of temples around Siem Reap, monastic complexes and temple mountains. Try to include both types in your itinerary. Also, some temples have been restored and some have been left basically as they were first discovered. Again, try to visit examples of both. Finally, the temples were built over a 400-year period, and the building style and materials evolved over this period, so try and visit both early and late period examples. Angkor Wat and Bayon (in Angkor Thom) are both unique in their own right and are must-see's, no matter what your planned route. Try and include any sights that are dependant on the weather as early on in a multi-day ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 29, 2005

Temple Complex of Angkor Wat
5.5 Km North of Siem Reap
Angkor, Cambodia

Temple Complex of Angkor Wat

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Attraction | "Lintel carvings and bas-reliefs"

Temple Complex of Angkor Wat Photo, Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Definitely worthy of an entry of their own entry, the carvings at Angkor Wat and surrounding temples are a sight to behold. Although many of the carvings have had some of their detail worn away by the elements, there are still lots of examples that look like they might have been carved only a few years ago. While most of the temples now house statues of the Buddha, they were originally built at a time when the Khmer Empire was dominantly Hindu. Consequently, almost all of the carvings are representations of the Hindu pantheon and/or scenes from Hindu mythology. Even a little effort to learn about the Hindu gods and the classic myth "The Ramayana" will be rewarded with a much richer understanding of...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 29, 2005

Temple Complex of Angkor Wat
5.5 Km North of Siem Reap
Angkor, Cambodia