After having got the night bus from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap and arriving at 5 am, we decided to go straight the the temples of Angkor. We hired a tuk tuk driver for the day, this cost $23, however he took us from the bus to a hotel to drop our bags, then drove us to each temple and waited for us there till the next one. So I think was worth the money! If you have more time you can walk around the temples, however we were pretty tired after not getting much sleep on the night bus.
Going on a tangent here but have learned a vital life lesson since being here- never drink before going on the night bus- alcohol I mean- they have no toilets on them so you have to ask the bus if you need the loo and end up pissing on the side of the road! I didn’t want to venture too far from the bus either so think lots of the people on the bus will have seen my arse!
Anyway back to the temples- they say sunrise is the best time to go, especially if you want an amazing photo of the sunrise with Angkor Wat in the background. Unfortunately when we got there it was abbot overcast so you couldn’t actually see the sunrise- however Angkor Wat was still pretty impressive!
We saw Bayon temple, which has loads of big faces on the walls of the temples. I really liked this one.
We also saw Ta Prohm- which is another famous temple- with the tree growing over the top of it. I also really liked this one, reminded me of something out of the woods in a Disney film.
One day was perfect for us, however those who want to take a bit more time and either walk or cycle from temple to temple could go for the 3 day option.
When visiting Cambodia a visit to the temples of Angkor should not be missed! I felt like I was standing in a postcard!