There’s nothing to say about the temples of Angkor that hasn’t been said before. They’re amazing, and totally worth the paltry $20 per day entry fee. If you can’t stand the idea of other tourists trampling on your Legends of the Hidden Temple Tomb Raider fantasy, then go early in the morning to some of the less-popular sites. If you don’t want to put $20 into the pockets of corrupt officials, then do your research and sneak in on dirt roads. But definitely check this place out, it’s nuts!
We don’t have many tips, but here are a few:
- Hire a bicycle or moto to get around instead of a tuk-tuk. Driving through the jungle is awesome!
- Don’t buy stuff from kids, no matter how cute they are. Their parents send them out to tug at your heartstrings when they should be in school.
- If you’re not an early riser don’t stress about the whole “Angkor Wat sunrise” thing—the sunset at Bayon is just as incredible.
- No, you don’t need to buy something from persistent vendors to park your bike near their carts, and you don’t need to buy those horrible elephant-print linen trousers to be allowed into Angkor Wat (you might need be dressed modestly to get into the central tower, depending on how the guard feels).