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Hi I'm visit Cambodia next week and plan to visit Angkor wat. I will be in seam reap only for 2 days though. Since the temple is huge can someone suggest what are the must see places/temples/attractions in Angkor wat that I can cover in 2 days? I plan to be for both sunrise and sunset 



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  • claus andersen

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    First of all, I would recommend you to arrive as early as possible to the entrance, as the lines can get long once you are past 9am in the morning.

    Angkor Wat is extremely popular, so you better get there before the masses arrive.Angkor WatAngkor WatAngkor WatAngkor WatAngkor WatAngkor Thom and the Bayon temple are the 3 big must sees and the elephant terrace is also very interesting and close to the Bayon temple.

    The Ta Prohm temple, also known as the jungle temple is really cool too and the movie Tomb Raider was filmed there. Be ware though that it can be very crowded there as there is not so much space and everyone wants to visit it, so try and get there either very early, or at the end of the day.

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  • Steve Wilson

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    Firstly, hire a tuk-tuk for the 2 days you're there. Saves heaps of time travelling between temples and town, and they're not expensive. Your hotel should be able to arrange a reliable one.

    The 2 day itinerary below is one I did and have recommended to a few friends who've found it very useful. It focusses on dodging the tourist crowds (as much as that is possible) and being in the right places for photographs (as we're keen photographers).


    DAY 1

    Get to Angkor Wat before sunrise. Just stop on the road out the front for the sunrise pictures. Don't go inside. You're only here for the sunrise.

    After sunrise, get the tuk tuk driver to take you to Ta Prohm (the Tomb Raider temple). Early light favours this place, and you beat the tourists.

    From Ta Prohm, go next door to Bantay Kdei and wander around it for a bit.

    You should have most of the above knocked over by 10.00am, so get the tuk tuk driver to take you back to the hotel in time for breakfast (check when it finishes), then you can go back to bed for an hour or take a dip in the pool.

    You then want to head back about midday, as this is the best time to photograph Bayon (big faces) and a lot of the tour buses head back to town for lunch, so the crowds are less. You will be able to occupy a good few hours at Bayon and the other temples in the Angkor Thom complex (including Terrace of the Elephants).

    You want to get back to Angkor Wat by about 4pm. Last entry to the upper part of the temple is at 5pm. And you want to have had a look around and be out in the grounds at the back for sunset.

    Day 2

    Go out a bit later and have a wander around Preah Khan, then do a few bits like Victory Gate and general stopping at places you went past on the first day which looked interesting but didn't stop at.

    For the afternoon - well open to you, but would suggest going to Banteay Srey for photos in the late afternoon light.

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