I’m fairly certain every Wat pun has been done to death by anyone who has ever been there. So just be thankful the one in the title is the only one I’m going to try!
I’m going to let the photos do most of the talking for this post. For Ankor Wat and its surrounding ruins I will just say the following:
They are amazing!
There are many tourists – BUT – there are also many temple, so it’s perfectly possible to find sites with few, if anyone else there
To be honest, if you are in the crowd, and especially if you are near the front, the view is so good that you forget everyone else is there
Get a multiday ticket. The Three Day pass is the price of 2 Day tickets, but is valid for any three days in the following week so you can have a break from temple hopping.
Go to see sunrise, and keep your fingers crossed for the weather! If its cloudy, then get a head start on the crowds and start seeing the temples on your own. Try again for the sunset another day!
The weather can change from bright blue skies to rainstorm quickly!
Siem Reap is actually a party town – and expect to be offered “special” brownies, pizzas, shakes etc, as well as just straight up weed, cocaine (which is apparently most likely to be pure heroin) and even opium… It’s like being in Brixton.
And now for the photos…
One of the more famous temples, Bayon is often crowded, it’s still possible to get good photos though
Bayon from a moving Tuc-tuc!
I found myself the only person at this temple, up a hill just before the entrance to Ankor Thom
Great views across the jungle!
This giant reflective pool was one of the more unexpected things I saw, and was very quiet
Ta Prohm is famous for featuring in Tomb Raider and for the trees slowly taking over the temple. However cool tree/temple interactions can be found at several quieter temples too.
Parts of Ta Prohm itself are surprisingly quiet
The bridges into Ankor Thom all have this cool motive. Some are more “restored” than others though
People sheltering from the rain under the imposing north gate of Ankor Thom