Just for the ancient city of Angkor.
I can only afford 3 days. And that includes flights and layovers, effectively reducing the world’s largest religious monument into a tragic 1 day. But after hearing just how scorching hot Cambodia could be in the dry March season, I guess this plan is not completely crazy after all.
I’ve learned from my crazily-packed Taiwan experience and I’ll refrain from doing everything this time. Here’s my short bucket list:
4 Temples I Can’t Wait to See at Angkor
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1. Angkor Wat
It’s the largest of them all, and it seems to boast a scenic setting for sunrise. Looks like I have to force myself to wake up early, for once.
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2. Ta Prohm
Yes, those are freaking tree roots growing out of the ruins! This is also the setting for the famous Angelina Jolie scene in Tomb Raider.
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They call this ‘Temple of the Smiling Faces’, and it has over 200 of them staring at different directions. And I’m just curious to find out the story behind it!
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4. Banteay Srei
This one is located about an hour away from the main Angkor site, so I’m not sure whether I’ll be able to fit it in. But this ‘Citadel of the Women’ seems to boast epic carvings so I’ll try to make this happen!
What are the temples which you think I must visit within that 1 day? Is there any good spot to watch sunset without having to deal with the sardine-packed crowd? Anything that I must take note of before I hop on the flight to Cambodia? So many questions, so little time…