Visiting Angkor Wat in Cambodia a second opened my eyes to all the small details I missed on my first trip here. The temples were still impressive and seeing it again gave me time to notice parts that I wouldn’t have seen. Like a certain branch on one of the temples, or another secret entrance that led to another hidden part of the ruins. And not to mention an impressive sunrise by all means. It’s good to visit a place a second time around.
The Angkor Wat complex is located in the city of Siem Reap – 12km north of the main center. There’s only a couple entrances to enter, so you’ll likely go through the main site to reach Angkor Wat, or through the right-most gate, which leads to the other temples.
Siem Reap is easily reached by flights from South East Asia – Bangkok especially. Otherwise, the overland route can take you from Bangkok (12 hours) or from Phnom Phen (overnight bus) easily. You’ll still need a tuk-tuk ride from the bus stop or the airport to your accommodation.
A more complete guide can be found here.
With only a day to spare in the park, we woke up for the sunrise at Angkor Wat. As the sky lightened, we saw the outline of the temple slowly come into view.
It’s best to go early and find your own spot to sit. At 7:30 they open the temple to visitors and you can explore inside.
Getting back on our bikes, we rode to Prasat Kravan for a nice and relaxed first temple. Then we zipped to Ta Prohm to see the Tomb Raider temple. From there, it was just exploring the rest of the sites until sunset.
Read about the first visit to Angkor Wat here.