Angkor Wat and Siem Reap
Jump on a bike just when the first sun hits the horizon, and head out through the forest to the temples. Overgrown ones, ruins hidden below mighty canopies, temples with the finest inscriptions. Hang around and breath the atmosphere as the light changes, and hundreds of visitors arrive. Go here early, but do also come back for sunset.
Modern day Satellite pictures shows how widespread the Angkor Wat complex is. Most probably it was one of the largest cities in the world in its hey days. Before the forest took over, hid it, and made it a secret for hundred of years. The Angkor temples was built between the 9th and 14th century, a period of 5 hundred years when the Khmer empire had their capital here, ruling much of present days South East Asia. The Khmer kingdom was primarily Hindu but also Buddhism was widespread.
Siem Reap is the gateway town to Angkor. Before a lazy outback town, now a busy place packed with hotels, bars, restaurants and guesthouses. Yet it still has some of its old time ambience. When you have explored the temples and back roads, do an urban exploration in Siem Reap on your bike, visit some of the fine artist shops, and have a sundown GT at the legendary Foreign Correspondent club FCC.
You can use days exploring here. But allow at least 3 days in and around Siem Reap. Or join one of our Cambodian explorations.