3 Ways to Explore Angkor Wat
I headed to Cambodia with one goal in mind: to see Angkor Wat. This was probably the original thing on my bucket list, ever since I saw a photo of it maybe 10 years ago.
When planning my trip around Asia, I knew I had to save some time to go to Siem Reap, where Angkor Wat is located.
Luckily, I had a friend who lived there, which was all the more reason to go and explore the town. She took me on a bar crawl there, which resulted in being covered in glow in the dark paint and dancing until sunrise.
For Angkor Wat, I decided to get a 3 day pass, given that the complex of temples was huge, and I wanted time to explore thoroughly.
Full disclosure, I only ended up using 2 of the 3 days, but it was still worth it. I explored one day on bicycles, and one day on the back of a friends motorbike.
The third day, I had planned to go by tuk tuk, but my plans changed and I ended up sacrificing that plan.
So what is the best way to explore Angkor Wat?
- Push bike (aka bicycle)
Cycling is a great way to explore the temple complex. You get to control where you go, and what you see. It is also ridiculously cheap to rent a bike- only $2-$4USD, for the whole day. However, it is exhausting biking around the complex, and we spent about 6 hours there, and probably only saw 3 temples. Most of our time was spent on the bikes, going from one temple to another.
I lucked out on seeing the temples on a motorbike. I few guys in my hostel were going anyways, and offered to take me and a friend on the back of their motorbikes. It was so much faster, and given they already had the bikes, it was a free way to explore the temple complex.
We saw about 6 temples in half the time it took to see 3 on push bikes, and had the same amount of control. You can rent motorbikes in Siem Reap- the guys I was with already had them, but it is still relatively inexpensive to rent them for 24 hours.
- Tuk Tuk
Obviously, I didn’t experience this way myself, but I had a few friends who explored this way. You can hire a Tuk Tuk for the day, and they will take you around to all the temples, and depending on who you go with, will explain where you are at what you are seeing. You don’t have to worry about how you will get around, but it is the most expensive option (generally $15 USD, but I believe you can split it between a group).
My favorite way definitely had to be on the motorbike. It was fun, much faster than the push bikes, and we had total control over where we wanted to go and how long we wanted to spend at each place. Honestly, though, anyway to see Angkor Wat is awesome, because Angkor Wat itself is so amazing!