Siem Reap is our first stop in Cambodia. My first impression is that Cambodia seems more chaotic than Thailand. On our first day we explored the town centre and the streets around the infamous Pub Street. Then we got a three day pass to explore the temples of Angkor. Apart from a pool crawl on our last afternoon, we spent the majority of our time in Siem Reap visiting the temples.
Like most tourists, we hired a tuk-tuk driver to drive us around to the most famous three temples, Angkor Wat, the Bayon, and the ‘tomb raider temple’ Ta Prohm.
Everything is as impressive as you would expect, but spread over a much larger area than you would imagine. We were originally planning on exploring the area by bicycle, but I am very happy that we didn’t as the distances are pretty long and it is very hot – it would have been exhausting.
Our favourite temple of the ones we saw was probably Ta Prohm – but there was a lot of other people there, which made it harder to take in and really enjoy the scenery.
However the so called ‘big circuit’, which we did the next day, was a lot less busy. The big circuit contains a group of temples that are not as famous as Angkor Wat and the Bayon, but no less impressive in terms of size and architecture.
On day three we watched the sunrise over Angkor Wat with what must have been at least 500 other people. The crowd was unsurprising, and I think it illustrates well how popular this tourist hotspot has become.