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    Time of day or time of year?

    I think you've got to weigh up going between wet season or dry season. I went in the dry season (Jan/Feb) and it was really hot and dry. The rivers were also quite low so the floating markets were less populated (so I'm told). over 6 years ago

    Answered by Ian C via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    For time of day it is definitely much more spectacular first thing in the morning or last thing in the afternoon (sunrise and sunset). However, Angkor Wat is awesome at any time of the day, as are the other temples in the complex.

    Seasonally speaking, I'd advise to steer clear of the wet season. At this time of year Cambodia (Laos, Vietnam) experience torrential downpours that can last a few hours to several days. It is wet, wet, wet! I'd recommend going in the shoulder season, just at the end of the dry season or at the end of the wet season. over 6 years ago

    Answered by PlaneTraveler via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    I also went in the dry season, in Feb. It was hot and dusty, but still amazing and well worth it. In fact, in hindsight I should have spent more time there, as there are so many temples to see - the more time you have just to sit and soak it up, the better!

    If you're thinking of time of day and are in Angkor for a few days, I recommend going to the temples at different times of the day, as they seem to change with the changing shaddows. Early morning/late afternoon is best if you go in the dry season as the middle of the day, unless you've found a cool spot under a tree/temple, can be a bit over bearing.

    I think Angkor Wat is best at dawn. It is incredible to watch the sun come up over the jungle and feel the place come alive. It is a shame that you can not watch the sunrise from the top of Angkor Wat anymore (believe me, it was one of my most memorable travel experiences), however it is still worth going to the temple and finding a quiet place to sit, watch and listen. over 6 years ago

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    Specifically for Angkor Wat, I would suggest visiting it in the afternoon and staying to watch the sun set. A lot of people go for the sunrise and then stay for a couple of hours. We went twice in the mid afternoon and found it very peaceful and not too busy.

    This was the same for most of the temples really. over 6 years ago

    Answered by Sam Richards via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    When we were there 10 years ago at Christmas time we hired motorbike taxi's from 4am and arrived even before first light because it gets really hot really fast and were were back at the guesthouse for 10am and breakfast. We then headed out again late afternoon about 4pm for sunset. Did this for a week with many temples and highly recommended. over 6 years ago

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    Hey Simon, did you hire motorbike taxis from Siem? over 6 years ago

    Answered by Josh Reeve via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    Yes we did. We just organised two local motorcycle taxi's to pick us up from our guesthouse at 4am, take us where we wanted to go, and repeat in the afternoon. Not difficult to negotiate - just be really nice and offer a good price plus some. about 6 years ago

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    Angkor is amazing, just bring decent walking shoes with some grip on them especially if you end up going in the wet season, the ruins will be slippery and as you will be climbing up and down on them and inside them, its worth being careful. about 6 years ago

    Answered by Josh Reeve via Site_iconTravellr.com

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