My top three Cambodian experiences all revolve around Angkor Wat and Siem Reap. I spent just over a week in Cambodia – not enough time to get to know the country really – but Angkor was breathtaking, as well as being perfect for a photography enthusiast like myself. Siem Reap was the perfect complement to it.
WAKE UP for sunrise at Sras Srang – before exploring the jungle temple of Ta Prohm
My ideal day at Angkor would probably involve a slightly later start, but at least once on your visit you should get up at 4.30am, tuk-tuk out to Sras Srang artificial lake and watch the sun rise over the trees to the east. Then, dive inside the nearby temple Banteay Kdei for an atmospheric start to the rest of the day, or tuk-tuk straight to Ta Prohm, where hopefully you’ll beat the crowds to exploring this impressive temple filled with gargantuan spung trees.
HIRE a tuk-tuk driver to help you explore the Angkor Temples
It’s the obvious thing to do for convenience, but it’s also one of the most enjoyable parts of seeing Angkor – tuk-tuking around the complex between temples and taking in the trees, fields and ramshackle houses in the surrounding countryside. Also a great opportunity to get to know your driver.
EAT amazing food in restaurants of Siem Reap
The image above is of Marum, one of Siem Reap’s best restaurants. Others are detailed on my Siem Reap page. It’s a blessing that Siem Reap has so many great restaurants, and it’s a great way to unwind after spending a hard morning and afternoon looking around the atmospheric ruins of the Angkor complex.