Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument in the world. There are enough temples there — spread over 402 acres — to keep you busy for days. But I found one day was enough.
Just 10 minutes from our Park Hyatt property, Angor Wat is very easy to reach from Siem Reap. Although the hotel recommended using a car rather than a tuk tuk due to residual water from the last storm, we hired a pedicab — $20 for the whole day. Average daily wage in Cambodia is $8, so I did not feel guilty. We also tipped generously.
As you’ll see in my picture report below, we covered four temple complexes over a roughly six hour period:
- Angkor Wat
- Ta Prohm
In all honesty, that was more than enough. Although we had three nights in Siem Reap, we did not return. Visit the four temples above and you will get a great overview for the architectural diversity.
I’d like to think that I don’t just have a short attention span, but spending six hours wandering through temples, temple ruins, and shaded greenery is both satisfying and exhausting. It was over 95ºF (35ºC), which also made the day a bit taxing.
There were temples like Banteay Samré and Ta Som that would have been nice to see, but they were quite a bit like Baphuon and Ta Prhom.
Anyway, whether you spend just a day there or several, it is a must-see bucket list item:
For those of you who have been to Angor Wat, how many days did you visit?