M husband and recently traveled for a month and a half in Asia. We went to Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam.
At the beginning of our trip, we went to Siem Reap to see Angkor Wat and it was by far the highlight of our trip!
Angkor Wat becomes a time machine the moment you cross the main walls. You can see detailed engravings on the sand rock walls everywhere. And sadly, also the struggles of the war.
Angkor Thom was the temple that impressed me the most. This temple is completely covered with faces. While walking inside the temple everything is really surreal.
Angkor Ta Prohm aka the “Tomb Rider Temple” for the tourists, is the temple where some scenes of Tomb Rider movie was shot with Angelina Jolie.
When you hire a tour usually to see the entire complex, they take you only to these 3 mentioned temples. But if by this time you are still not tired and can deal with the heat, they will take you to see more. And so we did! and after a quick break with food and cold beer, we continued to 3 more temples.
This complex is huge, and you can buy passes for 1, 2 o 3 days so you have enough time to explore.
Some cons about this experience were the insane heat and visitors need to wear long shorts and shirts with sleeves, so it gets really hot! Also, lots of tourists (even in low season)
Siem Reap city is really nice as well. You can see Nāga, the 5 headed snake everywhere!. Also, the downtown is perfect for backpackers, you can find delicious cheap food, cool clothing and lots of places that offer beer for 50 cents. When the night comes, the locals have mobile bars around the downtown area, and the streets become a huge bar with all kinds of music.
You see lots of contrast at night, since you see families with small children having a nice quiet dinner, next to people getting shitface drunk dancing to reggaeton between tuk-tuk drivers sleeping in their hammocks.
Just a sweet fun chaos, can't wait to go back 😉!