Backpacking South East Asia 2013: Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia


One year ago, a hyper-active, overly excited and juvenile me first set foot on the rustic town of Siem Reap, the mecca for every girls who dream of becoming Lara Croft. :-p This is the first leg of my 10-day backpacking trip to SEAsia.

I am really excited to blog about Angkor Wat, but I don’t know where to start. I watched it in travel documentaries, read it in history, saw it in Tomb Raider, talk about it and dream about it. Who would’ve thought I’d see it this lifetime? It was almost surreal arriving at the Siem Reap Airport.

Arrival. Visa application forms are given onboard the plane, but you’d need 2 passport sized photos for them. However, if you’re holding a Philippine passport or a passport from the member countries of the ASEAN (one of the few things I’m thankful for for being a PH passport holder), you wouldn’t need to apply for a visa — you’ll be given a 21-day pass upon entry. Thumbs up!

The Angkor Wat Experience. There are three types of Angkor ticket: one-day, three-day and one week. They cost $20, $40 and $60 respectively. The ticket has your photo on it and the date of validity. You’re not supposed to tear it, fold it, wet it or tamper with it in anyway; doing so invalidates it and you’d need to buy a new ticket. The temple complex opens at 5:30am and closes at 5:30pm. Entrance is free starting 5pm, but you’d still need a valid pass for the following day before they’d allow you to enter. The ticket allows you access to all the Angkor temples.

 


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After traveling 2,000 kms from Manila, I’ll finally be able to see the most raved about Angkor Wat with my own eyes. It was hard to hide the excitement I felt.I can’t stop taking photos of the structure.

 

It really pays to catch the sunrise

 

These ruins definitely put Siem Reap on the world’s travelers hot lists, and justifiably so.


Touching the walls and pillars of Angkor Wat is more than a dream come true. Everything was simply gorgeous. I’m starting to understand why people return to this UNESCO World Heritage site over and over again. Every angle is beautiful and breathtaking. This place is really worth visiting.

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What a remarkable experience. It was both educational and enlightening. There’s much to learn about and from these ruins. Grabe! Dati inaaral ko lang sya sa Hekasi at Social Studies pero ngayon, eto na sya! Face to face!! 🙂 Btw, I visited the temples myself (without a tour guide, since it will cost me $20/day) because the tuktuk driver already know the spots to visit. Again, let me emphasize that the Sunrise/sunset experience is an absolute MUST!!

Here are some tips for you: wear light clothes and comfortable shoes. There is much walking to be done to and from the temples, as well as inside the temples themselves. And also water! The sun may sometimes be unforgiving, so save yourself from exhaustion!

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About Hanna

I’m a 20-something Pinay, wife of a Dutch guy with interest in traveling and photography. I usually blog about my daily encounters and make it as interesting as possible. I also like to read books and eat a lot of mangoes.

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