It was a morning start from River Village Manor Guesthouse in Siem Reap, It was a little past 4:30 AM and I was among the first individuals there. It was still practically pitch black so I had to use my mobile phone's LCD display to light the way. Without it, I most likely would have tripped and fallen under the moat.
I set up my tripod at the edge of the lake and waited for the sun to increase from behind those renowned five spires. At that ungodly hour, I thought I 'd be among the few people insane enough to press myself out of bed just to take a photo. I was wrong.
Within an hour, a little army of amateur professional photographers had actually camped out all along the lake's edge. There must have been several hundreds of us forming 4-5 rows of tourists hoping for that renowned dawn shot. Such is the magic and attraction of Angkor Wat.
A World Heritage site and the World's Largest Religious Monument, it's one of the few places that you absolutely must see at least once in your life. Here's a first-timer's travel guide that I hope can help you plan that journey.
WHEN TO GO
Cambodia has two seasons-- damp and dry. The wet season is from May to October while the dry season is from November to April.
Flash flooding is a regular occurence, making travel tough nevertheless Siem Reap no longer floods and you can get some excellent offers. November to February is the most popular time to go since it's the coolest and driest time of the year. We went in December and the crowds at times were unbearable.
For a good balance of weather condition and number of travelers, June-August is said to be the most perfect. The rain keeps things cooler and less dirty, the landscape is more green, the temple moats are filled, and there are fewer travelers. Rainy season isn't really in full swing yet, with the rain being available in it seems at an arranged time daily-- early in the afternoon and again during the night.
WAYS TO GET THERE
Travelers will be reaching Siem Reap International Airport (REP). From there, you can take a tuk to River Village Manor Guesthouse. You can made arrangements with River Village Manor Guesthouse to be picked up, but you can hail a tuk from the airport. If you employed one on the area, we paid USD 7 each method however it'll probably be more expensive.
HOW LONG TO STAY
Siem Reap is everything about the Angkor temples. If you're not out to see every temple, then the 3-day Angkor pass should be enough. I 'd state 4-5 nights is enough.
Just How Much MONEY TO BRING
Cambodia is inexpensive, even by Southeast Asian standards. It's one of the cheapest countries we've visited.
You can practically live like a king there with a spending plan of $100 daily, less if you share a room with another traveler. This includes lodgings, food and drinks, some shopping, transport, and your Angkor pass. It's so affordable that budget plan tourists can probably do well with as low as $50 each day.
Conveniently, USD is the de facto currency in Cambodia. It's accepted everywhere. The only time you'll ever see Cambodian Riel is when it's provided to you as small change from USD deals.
River Village Manor is Siem Reap's the majority of lovely Guesthouse with Breakfast included, offering among the very best breakfast in town. a beautiful three-story guesthouse situated on the Siem Reap River, and is a simple 20-minute walk or 5-minute tuk-tuk flight along the tree-lined river into town, or a brief 20-minute drive to Angkor Wat. Why not obtain one of our FREE bicycles? its a fantastic method to view Siem Reap and the Temples of Angkor.
It was a early morning start from River Village Manor Guesthouse in Siem Reap, It was a little previous 4:30 AM and I was one of the first individuals there. Flash flooding is a frequent occurence, making travel challenging nevertheless Siem Reap no longer floods and you can get some fantastic deals. Tourists will be arriving at Siem Reap International Airport (REP). Siem Reap is all about the Angkor temples. River Village Manor is Siem Reap's many charming Guesthouse with Breakfast consisted of, using one of the best breakfast in town.