5 Things to do inside the Angkor Wat Complex

So you're templed out. Three hours of walking inside the Angkor Wat complex and you've seen every inch of each temple - all of them. But wait, you paid for three days entry. And you're only in day 1. What now?

1. Mingle

Angkor Wat Temple (អង្គរវត្ត), Foursquare.com

Have you ever traveled alone? Not that it's a shame to travel alone, it's actually fun getting lost and wandering on your own. There's something freeing when doing this. Anyway, if you ever go to Angkor Wat on your own or with, let's say, two or three friends, you will notice that there are a lot of solo backpackers in the complex.

Be friendly! Mingle with other groups or with other individuals. For certain they won't mind a chat for a minute or so. You guys can even meet up later in a different place to discuss your travel experiences.

However, do read body language. Some people really do like to travel alone. So don't push your luck if you feel resistance or if you do see that the people don't want your attention.

Name:
Angkor Wat Temple (អង្គរវត្ត)
Address:
Angkor Archaeological Park, Angkor, Cambodia
HP:
Official Foursquare.com

2. Bring out your inner artist

Angkor Wat Temple (អង្គរវត្ត), Foursquare.com

You think you've taken every angle? Think again. There's always that different picture that you can take that's a cut above the rest.

Or do you sketch/paint/draw? The complex is a great place for you to do so. It doesn't even have to be a drawing about Angkor Wat. In fact, this area is so full of creative spirit and aura that I'm sure you won't be coming home empty handed.

Name:
Angkor Wat Temple (អង្គរវត្ត)
Address:
Angkor Archaeological Park, Angkor, Cambodia
HP:
Official Foursquare.com

3. Get lost in meditation

Angkor Wat Temple (អង្គរវត្ត), Foursquare.com

There is no better place for you to meditate than Angkor Wat. Sure, there are people coming and going. But if you can find a spot that isn't as frequented by travelers, then you're good to go. Bring your own mat! Remember, the daily pass is good for hours so no need to hurry. Unless you're getting hungry, of course. But there are restaurants inside the complex.

Name:
Angkor Wat Temple (អង្គរវត្ត)
Address:
Angkor Archaeological Park, Angkor, Cambodia
HP:
Official Foursquare.com

4. Here comes the sun

Angkor Wat Temple (អង្គរវត្ត), Foursquare.com

The best thing to do whilst inside the Angkor Wat complex is, of course, to watch the sun. Sunrise and sunsets are the game changers for your Angkor Wat pictures. And if you got a week's pass or even the three days one, you won't be missing out on any if you try to go and see the sunset and sunrise every day.

Name:
Angkor Wat Temple (អង្គរវត្ត)
Address:
Angkor Archaeological Park, Angkor, Cambodia
HP:
Official Foursquare.com

5. Keep those two wheels rolling

Angkor Wat Temple (អង្គរវត្ត), Foursquare.com

Bike, roller skate or roller blade, skate, bring your trusty small sport gear. It's always a new experience biking inside something as majestic as this.

Name:
Angkor Wat Temple (អង្គរវត្ត)
Address:
Angkor Archaeological Park, Angkor, Cambodia
HP:
Official Foursquare.com

Conclusion

It's not every day that you get to see a landmark such as the Angkor Wat that's packed with history and culture. Plus, there's always something to do. If you really get bored, search for monkeys or count how many statues of the same kind you see. Try to spend and enjoy as much time as you can, you never know when something as grand as this will disappear.

Author

Geninna
5 things I can't live without: coffee, books, my iPod, wifi, and my husband :D Born and raised in Manila, Philippines but I've lived in Qatar, Indonesia, and the UAE. I am currently living in Romania, and I have been on vacations to Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia and Vietnam :) And does a stop over in Bahrain and Germany count?