Over the next two weeks, I will be sharing a series of posts on how we spent two days in Angkor Wat. So, are you ready for temple overload? Well, I hope so, because visiting the ancient City of Angkor has been a life highlight, hence the need to talk about it for two weeks.
DAY 1: Temple 1 – Pre Rup Temple
Prior to visiting the Angkor Temples, I had no idea how much distance was between each temple. I remember ignorantly thinking, “we can just walk from temple to temple.” Yeah, nope. Some of them are 45 minute drives apart. So how to get around during two days in Angkor Wat? You have three have three options below:
1. Tuk Tuk – The price varies depending on which temples you want to see but set the price before you leave. Additionally, the Tuk Tuk drivers cannot come into the temples with you, so if you want a guide that will be extra.
2. Bicycles – Rent the bicycles for as low as $2 from your hotel and leisurely explore the temples. Just know this will be a hot and sticky adventure!
3. Car with guide – This was how we visited the temples. It was more expensive than the other two options. In addition to the Angkor entrance fee of $40 for a 3 Day pass, our guide charged us $200. We felt this was a completely fair price, considering how much we spent on Galápagos, and Machu Picchu, $200 for a guide, a car and air conditioning, was money well spent!
Built in 961 CE, Pre Rup is a temple mountain of combined brick, laterite and sandstone construction. When visiting Pre Rup, expect to climb a lot of stairs. Centuries ago, stairs were used as a method for establishing power, because only people of the highest levels could ascend to the highest levels of the temple. It was a surreal experience climbing to the top Pre Rup, especially knowing, that in its hey day, I would not have been allowed to be there. History is a funny thing when viewed from the present’s eyes, isn’t it?
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