Angkor Wat Temples

20th July 2016

Almost a year travelling and i’ve not been to the most iconic tourist place in Asia; Angkor Wat. I hate crowded places and I think it takes away from the experience so I decided to get to Angkor Wat for the sunrise. Nobody will be there at 5:30 in the morning and it turns out, everybody goes there for sunrise. It was worth the lack of sleep.

Angkro Wat cruising - Riem Reap, Cambodia
Angkro Wat cruising – Riem Reap, Cambodia

From my hotel in Siem Reap a sunrise tour with a tuk tuk was $18. The entrance to the Angkor Wat was $20 for the day which is pretty cheap. Buying tickets was some mad dash to the front of the queue and it’s the weekend so it was probably busier than normal. I got my ticket with my photo on and it looks more like a serial killer’s prison mug shot.

 

Angkor Wat temple - Siem Reap, Cambodia
Angkor Wat temple – Siem Reap, Cambodia

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat is massive and it looks big on Google maps but it’s completely different in person. You pass a ticket checkpoint then it’s another 5 minutes to the moat of Angkor Wat. By the time I got to Angkor Wat it was just after 5:30 and the sun was coming up. I managed to get in front of the bus loads of Chinese tourists and across the bridge in time for the last of the sunrise.

The walls of Angkor Wat - Riem Reap, Cambodia
The walls of Angkor Wat – Riem Reap, Cambodia

As soon as you get into the main complex you see the iconic temple off in the distance and it’s more way impressive in person. So many places can be dissapointing in real life but Angkor Wat is impressive. I decided to leave Angkor Wat early and head to the other places ahead of the tour groups to and beat the crowds. It turned out to be a good idea and I got to see the rest of the complex on my own.

Inside Angkor Wat - Riem Reap, Cambodia
Inside Angkor Wat – Riem Reap, Cambodia

Baphuon

Baphuon temple is nearby Angkor Wat and me and the tuk tuk driver sat by the temple without anyone there. I was teaching him English swearwords and he was teaching me Cambodian, I don’t remember any. This temple has a giant moat compared to Angkor Wat and the temple it’s self is much smaller but it’s good to see. We moved on from here once the coach loads of people started to turn up.

Baphuon - Riem Reap, Cambodia
Baphuon – Riem Reap, Cambodia

Ta Prohm

Angor Wat is the most iconic place in Cambodia, but Ta Prohm is what I wanted to see the most. It’s the place that where they filmed Tomb Raider and it looks awesome in person.

Ta Prohm temple entrance - Riem Reap, Cambodia
Ta Prohm temple entrance – Riem Reap, Cambodia

I walked into Ta Prohm without anybody around; I was the only person there. This place is super old but they must have done some serious restoration on the place. It looks old and half of the place is falling down and the rest is intact with trees growing out the top.

 

Ta Prohm - Riem Reap, Cambodia
Ta Prohm – Riem Reap, Cambodia
Crazy tree at Ta Prohm - Riem Reap, Cambodia
Crazy tree at Ta Prohm – Riem Reap, Cambodia

I can’t say much about this place, i’ll just post photos. After Ta Prohm the tuk tuk man took me to some crappy restarant selling over priced chips and burgers. It was still time for the hotel breakfast so we went back to the hotel. It was an awesome day followed by a 6 hour bus ride to Phnom Penh.

Next post will be about Phnom Penh, it’s an interesting place.

Very Tomb Raider - Riem Reap, Cambodia
Very Tomb Raider – Riem Reap, Cambodia
Ornate walls of Ta Prohm - Riem Reap, Cambodia
Ornate walls of Ta Prohm – Riem Reap, Cambodia
Upclose talls of Ta Prohm - Riem Reap, Cambodia
Upclose talls of Ta Prohm – Riem Reap, Cambodia