If you’re only able to spend one day in Angkor, here’s what to see:
|Phnom Bakheng, Cambodia|
Be aware that much climbing is involved and you’ll be one of hundreds of tourists. But seeing the sun slowly set over the Cambodian countryside is nothing short of divine.
|Sunrise at Angkor Wat|
At that point, it’s time to run up to Angkor Wat and explore. The crowds will be minimal at this time of day, and you’ll get much of the temple to yourself. That makes for great photo opportunities.
There are three main temples in Angkor Thom, and each of them deserve a view:
Come on, wouldn’t you have done the same thing? It’s good to be the king.
For a real thrill, climb the stairs in the back — it’s the steepest, scariest staircase I’ve ever seen. I’m still shocked I made it down unscathed! But the feeling of achievement after climbing to the top is pretty unbelievable.
|The Terrace of Elephants|
Also — I love the elephant motif that is present throughout the structure!
Consequently, this is where the tourist crowds are at their worst. Good luck getting a picture without any other people in it! Do what I did in the photo above, and find an obscure corner.
- Get a driver: Tourists aren’t permitted to drive themselves. You can hire a driver with a tuk-tuk, motorbike or bike. I chose a bike tour, as it’s cheaper and a hell of a lot more fun.
- Once you arrive in Siem Reap and get transferred to your guesthouse, your driver will try to be your driver at the temples. Ask him where he’d take you for the day, determine whether he knows his stuff, then take him up on it. Most Siem Reap drivers know which temples to see.
- Once again, take time to relax and chill. You need to take breaks at Angkor, even if you’re only there for one day.