The majority of visitors to the Angkor temple complex stay in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Angkor is a 400-square-kilometer archaeological site with over 100 temples. The park passes are available in multi-day options, with the 3-day pass being the most popular. One day is insufficient, and after three days, you will most likely have seen all of the best temples and will be ready for a rest. A 5-day pass could be useful if you want to take a rest between temple visits.
From Pakse, I took a bus to Cambodia. After completing the Bolaven Loop, I was stuck in Pakse for a few more days. It was rather easy to cross the border. It was just a matter of filling out some papers and paying a fee to get a visa in Cambodia.
I fell in love with Cambodia the moment I stepped foot in the country. The shot above is from the border, and I was immediately smitten by the building style and unique embellishments, which frequently featured nagas.
To get to Siem Reap, we had to drive through the country for a few hours after crossing the border. The sky was doing something interesting, and I snapped a photo of it. The countryside and stilt dwellings were fascinating.
I selected a hotel in Siem Reap and left my luggage there. I located a Hard Rock Cafe in town and had some American comfort food there. The city itself was a welcome contrast from Laos. Customer service in the bars and restaurants was actually quite pleasant! Cambodia strikes me as a wonderful medium ground between Thailand’s aggressive and usually irritating and pushy touts and Laos’ hands-off “if I ignore him, he will go away” mentality. Cambodia was the perfect temperature: not too hot, not too chilly. It was ideal for my personality. The locals appeared to be pleasant and welcoming as well.
Cambodia, I imagine, is similar to Thailand before it became a tourist destination for millions of people every year. The Cambodians seemed content to earn tourist earnings, but they hadn’t yet developed a dislike for the millions of foreigners who had flooded the nation. In contrast, Laos seems to have not had enough tourists to realize that a phony grin and a little attention will make more money than ignoring the tourists.
When I initially arrived in Siem Reap, the tuktuk driver who assisted me in finding a lodging persuaded me to use him as a guide through Angkor. He was a pleasant enough individual who served as my guide for the first two days in the park. But he continued upping his price, so on the third day, I hired another driver. When it comes to scams, I’m usually extremely defensive, so it irritated me when the driver gave one price on the first day and then kept escalating the price. If he had mentioned that pricing from the beginning, I would have been happy with a higher fee. Giving one price and then requesting a higher amount afterwards turned me off.
The image above depicts a typical Cambodian petrol station. People set up stands along the roadside, filled with gasoline in old Coke bottles. The tuktuks in Cambodia were vastly superior to those in Thailand and Laos. The Cambodian type tuktuk is a conventional scooter with a passenger trailer added to it, rather than the Indian style tuktuks that are manufactured as tuktuks. These trailers were more comfy and quieter than traditional tuktuks. They were also more convenient for the drivers because they could remove the trailer after work and ride their scooter normally.
Our first stop in the park was Angkor Wat. This is the most well-known and, probably, the most beautiful of the temples. I preferred others, but it was difficult to deny how stunning and gorgeous Angkor Wat was. My photos are all quite foggy, and I don’t have a good haze removal program.
This will be a challenging piece to write because I have hundreds of temple photographs but little to say about them. You’ve undoubtedly seen a million images of these temples, so I’ll attempt to choose my favorites and most unusual ones.
This photo isn’t very distinctive, but it does a good job of conveying the temple’s immensity. Angkor Wat is a massive temple complex that is lavishly ornamented.
Like Rome, my favorite thing to get lost in are the intricate intricacies and flourishes that adorn these magnificent structures. Extraterrestrial lifeforms appear to have inspired the style and subjects carved onto Khmer structures.
These are my favorite types of murals. They remind me of old Where’s Waldo? novels.
This mural of the lizard man and everyone holding a snake intrigues me greatly. It simply creates a slew of questions.
We visited a number of other temples after Angkor Wat. None of their names come to mind. The photographs below are a selection of my favorites from my three days visiting the temples.
The temples where the trees have grown over the stone are some of my favorites. There’s just something about it that looks great.
Some of the temples were packed with tourists, while others were deserted. It all boils down to time. If you have your own driver, he or she will usually be familiar with the tour bus timetables and will be able to escape the majority of the crowds.
Although the photo is foggy, I like that it includes individuals to add scale. Some of the temples are enormous.
The temples were constructed at various times, by various monarchs, and in various styles. The large faces etched into the buildings make this one famous.
This bridge, which is lined with people clutching gigantic snakes, was one of my favorites.
Another bridge with the same motif may be found here.
This is a modern take on the town’s theme. It gives an impression of how the old ones would have appeared.
You can get a better impression of what Cambodian style tuktuks look like if you zoom in on this shot.
I’m not sure why, but I really like this photo of a man wearing a cowboy hat.
This engraving makes my mind racing as I try to figure out what it means or represents.
This is where I’m going to end my temple visit. I have a lot of pictures, but I don’t want to overwhelm you. The Angkor temples are without a doubt Asia’s coolest tourist destination. Nothing comes close. It is well worth the time and effort it takes to get there. Because I grew up knowing so much about the history of Rome, it was another must-see for me. Despite the fact that I am unfamiliar with Khmer history, this place is one of the most important historical sites in the world. It is unquestionably a must-see for all. I will warn you, though, that after seeing this temple, all other temples will look dull and uninteresting. Angkor will almost certainly damage your future temple trips.
After a three-day temple tour, I stayed around Siem Reap for a few more days. It’s a shame I didn’t capture many shots of the city. It’s a fun city that I enjoyed and wanted to visit again. While I was there, I ran across the people with whom I had shared a boat in Laos. We shared a few drinks and had a good time chatting with them.
I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go to Vietnam at this point in my journey. I wanted to visit Vietnam, but you needed a visa before you could go. I didn’t know how to go about doing it. Visa services were available at a stand in Siem Reap. Giving my passport to a street vendor sounded a little risky, but after doing some research online, I decided to go ahead and do it. I paid a charge and handed over my passport to a random passer-by.
I got my passport back a few days later, and I was planning a trip to a new country! I knew exactly where I was headed next. Before I could reach Vietnam, I still had more than 20 days to kill. I boarded a bus and traveled to Battambang a day or two later. I hope you’ll read my future post with me! In the coming days, my publishing schedule will be a little erratic. My mother is visiting, and I may be too preoccupied to keep up with my regular publishing schedule.