Angkor Wat, Cambodia: Everything you need to know

After a full day of traveling I met up with Aggie (@travel_inhershoes) in Bangkok and together we boarded 1 more flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia.

I was exhausted but so excited for the adventure ahead! I had visited Siem Reap once before 3 years ago and I was excited to revisit the Ancient Temples of Ankor Wat. Being back was a total déjà vu and a totally new experience all at once. There is so much ancient history to see it was unlikely I’d experience the same thing twice.

We purchased a 3-day pass for $62 USD which I personally think is the best choice (you can also purchase a 1-day and 7-day pass). Cambodia is very hot and there is too much to see to fit it all into just a 1 day pass. The 3 day pass offered just enough flexibility for us to go for a few hours at sunrise then return later in the day after some downtime back at the hotel.

My favourite temples remained the same as they were 3 years ago; Bayun, Tomb Raider and Ankor Wat for sunrise, with the new addition of this incredible archway in Ta Som Temple. After getting quite the run around we finally figured out where the archway was, a 15 min tuk tuk ride from where we were! We raced over and arrived just as they were closing but with a little sweet talking (on Aggie’s behalf) the guard let us in really quickly and we had the place all to ourselves!

Ta Som Temple
Gates of Bayun
Tomb Raider Temple

While we didn’t get the best weather during our trip (we were there at the beginning of rain season) we found ways to make up for it. Hanging out at Vibe cafe and relaxing in our private pool at Templation Hotel quickly became our favourite pass time!

If you’re like me & always searching for healthy eats when travelling than this place is for you! When I’m home I try to eat a very healthy diet and with travelling so often I really do my best to eat as close to my regular diet as possible.\

Now I may not be vegan but I love eating at vegan cafes plus I can’t say no to açai bowls and avo toast! This is not to say that I don’t indulge in the local foods, eating local is actually one of my favourite ways to experience a country. Whether it be a cooking class or just enjoying the local dishes I love taking myself on a culinary journey! In Cambodia I would recommend trying the Amok!

Good vibes at Vibes cafe
Breakfast in our private 2 bedroom villa at Templation Hotel

The nightlife is Cambodia is also something not to miss. While Pub Street is very touristy we had a great time walking the streets filled with local souvenirs, restaurants, bars and all kinds of stalls selling strange things for foreigners to eat like scorpions, snakes, tarantulas, magets.. (you catch my drift). Rather than trying the bugs I opted for a healthy passion fruit & pineapple shake while walking the night market.

Fresh fruit shakes on Pub Street

And when you get tired of walking stop to get a $4 massage in the middle of the street! For that price I would get a 1 hour foot massage + head, neck and shoulders! We loved picking places along the side of the road because we were able to watch the sunset and people watch all at once – a perfect way to see Siem Reap!

Next time I revisit I would love to go back to the islands off Cambodia, I visited once before – it was the most beautiful beach I had ever seen!

Running barefoot through Ankor Wat Temple
Walking through the ancient ruins of Bayun Temple
Cooling of in the pool at Park Hyatt Siem Reap

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  1. August 23, 2017 / 3:01 AM

    Sweet, personal post! I like it very much especially your way of presenting Cambodia without making it look like you run a Cambodia-travel-guide marathon 🙂

    • lisahomsy
      August 23, 2017 / 9:04 AM

      Hey thank you so much for your kind words! Means a lot

  2. Sabbo
    August 23, 2017 / 9:19 PM

    I am currently in siem reap and your blog exactly describs how it is! 🙂

    • lisahomsy
      August 24, 2017 / 12:07 AM

      Yay!! I’m so glad it conveys it perfectly

  3. August 24, 2017 / 1:31 PM

    Lisa, what a beautiful posting. I will def. take your advice on buying a 3 day pass. Thanks so much for taking us into your beautiful trip with Aggie and giving us advice as to where to stay and do. Whats the name of the Cambodia beach that you think is one of the nicest in the world?



    • lisahomsy
      August 26, 2017 / 8:20 AM

      Hey Maurenice, thanks for reading!! I loved Koh Rong.. 3 years ago it was still so untouched.. limited wifi and electricity, no cars.. I perfect place to unplug

  4. August 25, 2017 / 3:29 AM

    A great blog post, Lisa!☺ It really makes me want to visit Cambodia 😄

    • lisahomsy
      August 31, 2017 / 9:43 AM

      Yes you should!!

    • lisahomsy
      August 31, 2017 / 9:43 AM

      Yay I’m so happy it can be helpful!!

    • lisahomsy
      September 2, 2017 / 4:55 AM

      Aww thank you so much love!!

  5. morganjean
    September 5, 2017 / 12:14 AM

    Lisa, thank you! I’ll be in Cambodia next month and this just made me even more excited! Also, that hotel pool looks incredible. I might have to check it out for my stay 😉

    • lisahomsy
      September 5, 2017 / 2:38 AM

      Yes we loved staying at temptation! That hotel was so unreal! I would highly recommend it

  6. September 8, 2017 / 10:21 AM

    Hi Lisa! Thanks for sharing – I have yet to leave the U.S.! One day I will get out there – a $4.00 massage?! WORTH IT. Your photos are always my favorites.

    • lisahomsy
      September 18, 2017 / 12:44 PM

      Aww yes massages are the best part!!!

    • lisahomsy
      October 11, 2017 / 1:19 PM

      Always worth the price!! And way better than any massage you’ll get in the US

    • lisahomsy
      June 15, 2018 / 1:19 AM

      Yay I’m so glad too!!!

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