Temples of Angkor in One Day

You can see the Temples of Angkor in a day, 3 days or a week – or at least this is your choice of tickets to Angkor Wat. Guidebooks recommend spending at least three to get the most of it.  We chose to do it in one, and a one-day Angkor itinerary, while not optimal, is absolutely possible.

We went by the guide put together by Adventurous Kate. This is a one-day guide to Angkor for people who “appreciate temples, but don’t live and die by them”.  And we do fall into that category. I mean you can only take so much of it. That said we have fallen in love with Angkor, Bayon & Ta Prohm Temples. They were absolutely mesmerising and truly stunning. Trust us, you’ll be impressed.

Here is the link to Kate’s Best Guide to Angkor Temples in One Day and this is pretty much the route that we have taken. We have hired a tuk tuk in the afternoon to take us to Phnom Bakheng for the sunset and then woke at 4!!! to get in time for the sunrise at the Angkor Wat and spent a whole day driving and walking around number of other temples. We had enough at about 5pm that day. However we did come back to Angkor for the Flight of the Gibbon and Khmer New Year celebrations.

Part I –  Sunset at Phnom Bakheng (see captions for more info).


Part II – Sunrise at Angkor Wat


Part III – day full of Temples

Exhausted but happy we ended up really late at the hotel and went to grab a quick dinner. Cambodia is a country of contrasts. You can see child beggars and Hummer on the same corner. I guess not so different to the West but the gap is almost impossible to overcome here.
PS. A note about the elephants. This was the first time I have been that close to an elephant and these animals have completely stole my heart! What a fantastic, calm and majestic giants. I fell head over heels in love with them! More about these stunning animals in our posts from Chiang Mai, Thailand 🙂

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