Our final stop on our amazing three week adventure was Siem Reap, after all you can’t not visit the iconic Angkor Complex when in Cambodia, right?
We arranged with our hotel for a driver to pick us up on our first full day in Siem Reap and drive us around a few of the temples inside the Angkor complex, starting with Angkor Wat.
It seems a lot of people choose to visit Angkor Wat early in the morning to see the sunrise, I can imagine this is spectacular!
We opted, instead, to visit early in the morning still but at the more family friendly time of 9am.
Matt & I really contemplated what to do but decided the girls had been troopers this entire trip and waking them up so early just seemed a little cruel and to then expect them to temple hop all day in the heat!
We don’t regret our decision although maybe thats because we don’t know what we are missing out on!
Our driver was amazing, he stocked the tuk tuk with a huge ice block and bottles of water and whenever we were thirsty he would fish one out for us. We actually used the same driver for our entire stay in Siem Reap and he always did this on long trips.
Now I am guessing you are expecting to hear some amazing things about Angkor, and while it was/is amazing, it was actually our least favorite of the temples. I had read somewhere to start with the smaller, less grand temples and work your way up to grande finale…Angkor Wat, that way you won’t be disappointed.
As it turned out this was true for us even though we started with Angkor Wat. While it is incredibly amazing, and full of beauty and details it also FULL of tourists. This really took away from the splendor, for us anyway.
Angkor Wat is also incredibly well-kept and in fantastic condition considering its age but compared to the temples which were a little more rugged it was a lot less fun!
We loved exploring/getting lost in the likes of Banteay Kdei & Ta Prohm and then of course there was Bayon with all those beautiful faces looking down on us as we explored.
It was a hot but amazing day and after 6 hours of exploring a swim in the hotel pool was beyond refreshing!
We only ended up doing one day of temple hoping and I thought I would regret that too but you know what I don’t!
I could have easily spent a week wandering around all the various temples but after almost 3 weeks on the road spending our last few days just relaxing, swimming and eating was definitely the perfect way to end a perfect family vacation.