Cambodia was one of the countries that I-had-to-go-alone-cause-nobody-wants-to-follow trips. I started in Phnom Penh and ended in Siem Reap. In between was an 8 hours bus ride. I reached Siem Reap around 1 am in the morning and was waiting silently at one side while touts gathered around larger group of tourists.
Angkor Archaeological Park
I felt like the luckiest person in the world to strike such luck in being able to catch both sunset and sunrise at Angkor Archaeological Park. Bae was such an agreeable young lass. He agreed to everything I had to say. If I wanted to go here, he'll take me. If I wanted him to buy me mineral water at the cost of 500 KHR, he'll go buy it for me. Never once did he take my money to buy himself food or water. Huhu.
Number one on the map was the first temple I visited to catch the sunset. The temple, Phnam Bakheng  is situated on a hill, and I had to hike quite a distant to reach there. So be prepared with enough drinking water and perhaps a pair of hiking shoes.
I had nobody to help me take my picture so I resorted to putting my camera on autocapture mode and place it on some high flat slab in the complex, and voilla!
Nobody came to me to offer a ride. I was being ignored so I continued looking on, amused. You no want me money?
Suddenly a boy shorter than me by a few inches with messy hair came to me and asked, "Where you go?". I showed him a piece of paper with a Malaysian owned hostel address on it and he says USD 4 per motorbike ride. I refused, I asked for USD 2.
He agreed thus started our two days driver and tourist relationship. :)
I decided to hire him for the next two days to tour me around Siem Reap, an offer he was too happy to decline. It was mostly pity from my side seeing how diligently and dutifully he was in sending me safe to my destination that night.
|The trusted motorbike he owned during our Angkor Wat site visit.|
I bought a one-day entrance ticket - USD 20 and it comes with a free entrance to view sunset and ONE full day entrance the next day. Luckily, my hired motorcyclist brought me to watch sunset that very afternoon AND also the sun-rise the next day! Haha. Let's call my young driver, Bae.
|Sunset was viewed at Phnom Bakheng temple while sunrise was viewed at Angkor Wat itself.|
How to prepare oneself when visiting the temples? First, get yourself a map. I got mine from the hostel I was staying. :)
|A scanned copy of the map in my possession. I have highlighted the temples I visited with red colored numbers from 1 to 9.|
There are a lot of temples in the park within an area of more than 800 square acres. And being me that doesn't take a lot of pictures, I was able to cover 8 temples (excluding the sunset temple) in 7 to 8 hours. But if you're on a tight schedule, these following temples are must visits!
Ankor Wat 
Built in the first half of the 112th century, Angkor Wat is an architectural masterpiece! It was initially dedicated to Vishnu but later converted to the Theravada Buddhist monument. Visitors go here especially during the mornings to catch the sunrise. I was here as early as 5 am! It was an exhilarating feeling groping my way in the dark into the complex, alone and depending on other people voices to be sure I was on the right path. Haha. *scary*
|The sun was still rising when I went to explore the insides of Angkor Wat.|
|Yeah, guess the camera was not high enough and I couldn't position it correctly. Hehe|
There are also some shops at the sides selling Cambodian wear and handicrafts. This is where I bought some pair of buggy pants costing me USD 6 each. Hehe. Bae was always waiting patiently outside the complex. I have no idea what he does to kill his time waiting for me.
Moga dapat jumpa lagi Ms Ivy! I had a great time with you there!
So there, that's the top four temples that are worth visiting in my humble opinion, Phnam Bakheng  for sunset, Angkor Wat  for sunrise, Bayon  and Ta Prohm  if you have limited time and loves to stay longer periods of time in each temple. Or you could follow my style, walk through, take some pictures and move to the next one. I was lucky to have a willing Bae that obeys my silliest command. Thanks to him I covered a lot more area than normal tourists with their hired tuk-tuk or bus drivers. =P
Built in late 12th century, Bayon fascinates visitors with its more than 200 large faces carved on 54 towers! That's a lot of faces! 4 faces on each tower, one on each side.
|The entrance into the complex. Surreal right?|
This is where I first met with Ms. Ivy who is an American but grew up in Malaysia. She spoke to me first and we spent the time exploring and helping each other taking pictures at the complex. It was adorable to hear her say, "satu, dua, tiga" in her American accent every-time she took pictures of me. Hehehe. Nice to know she still had some Malaysian in her. :)
|Ms Ivy and I before we said our farewells. She bought the 3-days ticket and had all the time in the world|
Ta Prohm 
The Buddhist majestic complex of Taprohm is one of the largest sites at Angkor, having been left untouched by archaeologist. This Bayon style temple is ethereal in every aspect with its stone pillars and tree roots intertwine in this impressive complex.
|OMG! Look at those tree roots! This is what the tourists came to see.|