Exploring the remains of an ancient empire
Eigth wonder of the world, the majestic complex of Angkor Wat is on par with the Great Wall of China or the Pyramids of Gizeh. Depending on how much time you have, short or grand loops can be visited by scooter, bikes or tuk tuk. I chose to rent a tuk tuk for the day, as the heat is unbearable from noon to 4pm. Once the ticket bought (1-day: 20$, 3-days: 40$), I opted for the short loop in reverse direction, so I was able to skip the crowds for most of the morning. My favorite temples were Bayon, Ta Prohm (the Tomb Raider temple in the jungle) and Pre Rup, which features great sunset views. Take your time and just soak up the stunning surroundings as monks and elephants pass by in the early mornings and late afternoons.
Siem Reap: bars, markets and massages
Siem Reap, the closest city to Angkor Wat, is a pleasant little town and worth a few extra nights. Once you are templed out, this is the perfect place to kick back at the pool (A&V Villa is a great place to stay at), get massages or explore the day and night markets. At night, you can mingle with fellow travelers at one of the many bars along pub street. Siem Reap is one of those places where you might get stuck for longer than expected. Although very touristy, the town in itself has a certain charm, making it one of Cambodia’s top destinations.
Stay: V&A Villa