4:30am wake up calls aren’t the most fun, but it was definitely worth it to see Angkor Wat at sunrise.
Our Tuk Tuk driver picked us up from our hotel at 5am and drove us to the Angkor Ticket office. A day ticket cost $20 per person, you can also buy 3 day and 7 day passes if you wish.
Our driver then took us to Angkor Wat, where we watched the sunrise from across the pool just before the entrance into Angkor Wat. We spent about 3 hours in total watching the sun rise and exploring inside the temple. At 7:40am they open a set of steps up to the top of the central tower, which offers amazing views of Angkor Wat and if you’re lucky some monkeys roaming around. They only let 100 up at a time and you need to be dressed appropriately for this, you need to have your shoulders covered, a vest top and shawl is not acceptable and you won’t be allowed to climb the steps.
We then moved on to a smaller temple, prasat Kravan, and then onto Prasat Banteay Kdei. They were both amazing temples in their own ways, undergoing lots of restoration work to restore them to what they are today.
Our final stop of the day way Prasat Ta Prum, made famous by Angelina Jolie in a Tomb Rader with the huge trees embedding themselves into the temple walls.
Each temple made us feel like we were in an Indiana Jones film and I would definitely reccomend a visit if you are ever in Siem Reap. A Tuk Tuk driver for a day should cost you $15-20 And is an easy way to get around the temples. Make sure you take plenty of water as the heat and humidity can become unbearable at times.