Advice for those Doing One Day at Angkor Wat Temples
Rent a tuktuk for $15 or less – try to find 3 other people to split with you. Your guesthouse can help you organize this, or ask the guy who drops you off from the bus station. Having someone who speaks decent English is really helpful.
Be picked up at 5am – its early, but worth it! For 3 reasons: You want to beat the heat, see the sunrise, AND get as much temple-touring in as possible.
Your tuktuk will take you to get your temple pass, $20 for one day
Start at sunrise at Angkor Wat. Cliche, and packed with tourists, but the lighting at that time is amazing.
Have breakfast at Restaurant 6 in the Angkor Wat compound – everything only $2! Ana who runs it is awesome and will take TONS of photos of you in front of Angkor Wat. She’s great, helpful, and speaks excellent English. She also has an adorable puppy named Bobo.
Continue onto other nearby big name temples: Angkor Thom, Bayon, and Ta Prohm.
Have lunch in the shade. I’d suggest bringing lunch with you, or getting takeaway from Ana’s. Anywhere your tuktuk takes you will be overpriced, more like $5 and up. Not good quality for the money.
Finish up with Ta Keaw or any of the other outlying temples, then head home for a nap by the pool!