A six hour bus ride from Phnom Penh is Siem Reap the base for visiting the temples of Angkor. We planned to spend 3 days seeing the main temples in the area. We rolled in mid-afternoon to the heat of the day. The hostel we stayed had a nice pool and inexpensive drinks so the first order of business was a swim and some good tropical drinks. After a swim and nap, it was time for dinner and to do some planning. There are many temples in the area and the complex at Angkor Wat is very expansive.
Three days was about right because by the time we visited 11 temples at the end of day three we were about templed out. We started with the smaller temples and worked up to the big temples for day 3 which included Angkor Wat at sunrise, Angkor Thom and Ta Prohm where they filmed some scenes from Tomb Raider.
Angkor Wat temple is the largest religious building in the world and the area was the first metropolis, long before Bangkok and Singapore. We really enjoyed exploring the temple, but at times, the crowds were choking and it did not have that mystical feel that some religious sites have when you get to explore them with only a few hundred people rather than thousands. Our last day we had a sunrise experience at Angkor Wat temple with 5 to 10 thousand other tourists, but it was still a grand experience.
Angkor Wat is a place worth a second visit. There are many different temples and some other great places to see in the area. I look forward to returning and doing some additional exploration when we have more time.