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62 thoughts on “Angkor: The Ruin of a Formidable Kingdom”

  1. What beautiful photos! How did you get that photo of the inner sanctum of Angkor Wat without people? I remember when I was there, the place was full of tourists. So full we actually had to wait for a few minutes before we were allowed to go up the steep stairs.

    1. Actually, I was at the opposite side of the steep stairs 🙂 Only a handful of peole there. And it was afternoon so I guess most guided tours already went home.

    1. Indeed. When I was there, it was hot as well. We only visited the complex either on the early morning or in the late afternoon. It was unbearable at noon…, except at Ta Prohm where there is a lot of tree 🙂

  2. Those photographs are surely the best of Cambodia I’ve seen. One of my friends just recently came back after a month long trip and the place looked tired and uninviting. You should work for Trafalgar or one of those global travel firms… Much better suited to your skills than medical research? (Perhaps you are equally talented in both and we are all just ignorant 😜)

      1. Currently, three: Vietnamese, English and German :). Two years ago, I could speak some Mandarin. But without training, I can barely remember anything now (still can hear and understand some words, but reading and writing are impossible haha)

    1. It is very kind of you, Nano! Thanks a lot 🙂 I still need to learn more, especially for shooting food haha. Angkor is a great place, and I suggest to spend at least 2 days there to see the place at different time points.

  3. Great post and lovely photos! I have just arrived in Siem Reap and am unsure how to choose to see all the temples. I would like to get the 3 day pass but I was wondering how did you organise your Tuk Tuk? Did you have the same driver on all days or just find one on each day?

    1. Oh, I had the same driver for all days. I found it is more convenient that way 🙂 I told the driver the time to pick us up at the hotel. He brought us to the temple, then he waited outside until we finished visiting, and we moved to the next one. They are hardworking so you can even make an appointment at 4:00 AM 🙂

      1. Was it expensive for you to have the driver for all days? And is it flexible what order you do the temples etc? I’m not sure if I should hire a bike instead. Sorry to bombard you with questions!

      2. Don’t worry 🙂 I paid around 10 to 14$ per day. It is not totally flexible but the driver really has no problem with waiting 🙂 Just set a time frame for him. I remember that I spent like hours in Angkor Wat but my driver was already there when I walked out the temple.
        If you want absolute flexibility and you are adventurous and have a good orientation, I think you should rent a bike 🙂 But please beware that the road condition is not that good, and it might be easy to get lost, especially at dusk.

    1. Many thanks! My Son looks really like a mini version of Angkor. But they belonged to 2 separate kingdoms (the Champa vs. the Khmer). If you have some time to spend in Southern Vietnam, I highly recommend you making a trip to Angkor 🙂

  4. Beautiful pictures as always. Your post transports my mind to these exotic places you always feature. Lot of places in my bucket list from South Asia now 😉

  5. This is a beautiful post of a spectacular place. I especially like your photo “On the road to Angkor Thom”. It looks so peaceful. We were there two years ago during Chinese New Year holidays and it was crazy busy. You have a really nice blog.

    1. Many thanks, Caroline! I’m glad that you like it. I took that photo several mintues after sunrise, when the people go to work/school. A very early start, I think 🙂

  6. Just a note on your practical information: if you want to go early to see the sunrise over Angkor Wat, the ticket booth in the dark early morning is a confusing, crowded madhouse. Also, your money (at least if it is US bills) must be crisply perfect. We saw a woman turned away because her $100 bill was not perfect. (Luckily, her friends had money to help her.) We would suggest buying a multi-day ticket the day before to avoid this ticketing problem. Also, get crisp bills before you go and preserve them carefully just for this.

    1. I didn’t know that they are so strict in term of the bill’s appearance. Perhaps an imperfect bill is a sign of counterfeit money? I also agree that the best way to avoid the crowd in the morning is buying the ticket a day before. Thanks for reminding me! I will add these tips into the post 🙂

    1. It’s incredible! I still don’t understand how they could build such monuments, without nails or concrete. And it’s in the middle of a jungle 🙂

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