Our first encounter with Cambodia was the little town of Siem Reap in the North of the country, home to the mother of all temples, the mighty Angkor Wat. Even before visiting the temples, we fell in love with the atmosphere of this place. Siem Reap is the hip, young and cool place to be in Cambodia, full of cool bars and restaurants with an amazing vibe… You will love it!
What did we visit?
Temples of Angkor
Eager to see the so famously spoken off temples, we rented our favourite mode of transport – e-bikes – as of the first day and started exploring the many temples of Angkor surrounding the village. Each temple was more beautiful than the previous one; each with a different story and different design but all of an incredible sophistication and level of detail. We kept the most beautiful temple for last, the temple of Angkor Wat, one of the most impressive temples we have ever seen (and we have seen many!). Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument in the world and it took 30 years to build! It is the pride and the symbol of Cambodia, even appearing on its national flag.
The temples of Angkor are an incredible testimony to the wealth and power of the ancient Khmer empire, home to more than one million people, at a time when most European capitals were still only small peasant fortifications!! We spent 3 full days admiring the beauty of the temples and the detail of the stone carvings.
Where to stay?
- Lub’d hostel: this place represents the future of hostels! 4 star rooms, an outdoor pool with its weekly pool parties, an amazing bar which organises games and activities and a great restaurant – all at an affordable price!
Our favorite mode of transport
- Green e-bike rental place (on Central Market): we HIGHLY recommend visiting the temples of Angkor with an e-bike instead of renting a car or taking a taxi in between each temple. This way you are free to go wherever and whenever you want, AND it’s better for Mother Nature 🙂