After an epic 12-hour minibus ride from Koh Chang Island, Thailand to Khmer Siam Reap, I was able to meet up with a cousin and friends from Australia for three nights to explore Angkor Wat.
The next morning predawn we all the ventured out in a booked minivan on the 10-minute drive to this ancient mega-structure; the highlight of Cambodian tourism. The main Angkor Wat temple is staggering in size at 5 kilometers (3 miles) long with the outer wall 3.6 kilometers (2.2 miles) long.
Plan at least a full day as the ticket pricing is quite expensive and there are so many sites across is 162 hectares or 402-acre complex. Make sure your camera batteries are charged as you will be taking a lot of Angkor Wat images. I really love my Angkor Wat pictures.
Due to the popularity of Angkor Wat, the whole city of Siam Reap wakes up around 3-4pm with minivans by the dozen zipping around.
These minivans are trying to pick up booked Angkor Wat tour guests for the epic Angkor Wat sunrise over the main temple or for an iconic tethered balloon ride rising over the structures.
Angkor Wat has many different forms of structures. Initially the Hindu temple was dedicated to the god Vishnu for the Khmer Empire, however, it was repurposed by Khmer King Suryavarman II into a Buddhist temple towards the end of the 12th century.
My favorite part of the complex was the ancient ruins with massive trees growing in and around the temples. Please note there is no Angkor Wat airport. You need to fly into Siam Reap about 25 minutes south of the ruins. Here is the Angkor Wat google map:
Would I visit here again?
Yes … When I go back for my next visit, I will get a multi-day pass (if available) and really relax and investigate the ruins.