Due to lack of funds and the fact i have to be in australia at a certain date, I'll pretty much be rushing through SE Asia on my trip. (I can always return another day and take my time i suppose...)
One place people say not to miss is this Angkor Wat place in Cambodia. I'd like to see that. But people keep advising to spend a good 3 days there, why's this? Is it huge? Or just awesome? I'll only be able to spend one day there. Surely I could just run around all day and take it all in 3 times quicker? Is one day worth it do you think? Considering I don't really have a choice.
Has anybody been there, and thought "well it's pretty but a tad overrated, I want to go now"? Because I've been in that situation so many times before (I do like history and arty architeture don't get me wrong, it's just i always pick the dull places and regret not seeing something better).
3 days is correct, the place's huge, it takes quite some time to seeing all of it. but if you're in a rush, one day's cool.
I saw it in one day, and I didn't feel too rushed. There are lots of temples spread out around the surrounding area of Siem Riap, but you can spend one day just around the more famous area of large temples (Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm, etc.).
Angkor takes 3 days because it is both huge and awesome. But you don't need 3 days if you can't take it. My first time I went to Angkor I spent 3 days. The first day was seeing the main temples that c_dog mentioned (Angkor Wat, the Bayon, and Ta Prohm) and going up the hill for sunset. The second was biking around some of the lesser known temples, and on the third I just biked to a couple temples where I sat and read a book for most of the day or just watched life go by and talked to the kids selling postcards.
The second time I went back I took my girlfriend and she was quite happy only spending one day seeing the main temples and doing the sunset thing.
It depends on how interested you are in the sight and it's history. It was a place that I've been wanting to go for years and so I wanted to go really slow and take it all in. But if you are going just because its one of those places that you feel you should see, then day will be plenty.
If you get up early, hire a motorbike, get to the temples at the crack of dawn, and plan on putting in a big day of sightseeing, then you'll see enough to be satisfied.
And no, I didn't think it was overrated at all. In fact I think in general it's underated. It's not as famous a site as the Pyramids, or Machu Picchu, the Taj Mahal or any places around Europe, but yet it's unquestionably one of the top sights in the world.
I bought the 3 day ticket, but only spent 2 days going arount the wat's. I still only saw about half of them, because we were taking our time. I think you should choose about 5 that you really want to see, get your driver to take you to them, and see what time you have left at the end of the day.
I suggest getting to Angkor Wat really early to watch the sun rise. A great experience, but it does get extremely busy at that point. But a tip for you, don't stand outside the temple waiting for the sun to rise, go INTO the temple, climb the steps (seems a bit daunting as they're so steep, and it's pretty high) and watch the sun rise from there. It's so peaceful and beautiful. Hardly anyone else goes into the temple, theyre all standing back with their cameras about 200m away, but the view from the top of the temple is awe inspiring at sun rise.
Here's a bit of advice Tom- do a bit of research online and learn a bit about "this Angkor Wat place". There is lots of information and tons of pics you can see to educate yourself and help make your decision.
It is quite large, spread out and lots to see- I don't know anyone who has considered it overrated. Personally I spent 3 days, but then again if you never even heard of Angkor, your expectations likely are a bit different than mine....
3 days at least and do the research! You could see the main temple in a day though, but there's so much else to see there!
How do you get around there now? I was there 2 years ago and I hired a motorbike and driver as farng couldn't rent one but I've been told they now have some kind of buggy you have to hire...is this true?
yeah don't get me wrong i have been doing some research on the place looks amazing, (I'm not an unwordly fool i promise!) that's exactly why i want to go there, i was just lookin for a general opinion from people no this forum who've actually been there, as i have no choice about only the one day i get to spend there.
So is this the place from the mortal kombat film does anybody know??
My little bro will be jealous he loves that film...
I did the one day ticket and it was fine. Dont get me wrong, its an amazing place, but you get 'templed out' pretty fast. The heat is suffacating too. I think one day is fine unless youve a specialist interest in the temples.
I think you may be referring to Tomb Raider, not Mortal Combat ( but I haven't seen the latter)- and yes one of the many temples is Ta Prom which iss where part of the movie was filmed. Ankgor has a number of temples- most a little different and all amazing, in my humble opinion.
And wldfk most backpackers generall hire tuk-tuk drivers for the day and they take you all around to wherever you want to go and wait for you- I was with 1 other guy and hired a driver for $10 for the whole day- until sunset when were had enough.