The first three hours at Angkor Wat akin thoroughly exercising our legs, we then lunched to boost up the lost energy at Eat @ Khmer ! restaurant and back to walking into the temple. Truly tiring as the scorching heat was unbearable, but suppose when you walk together with fun-happy friends, you won't complain and you are motivated to see it all at Angkor.
Angkor complex is huge - 500 acres equivalent to more than 300 football fields and 215 feet tall with nine spires as the largest temple in terms of land size. So, you can opt between a day, 3 days or one week tour, for tourist like me. a day is substantially enough. The heart to the temple is the central tower where you climb the steep staircase to bow and say prayers to Vishnu, but please, do watch your steps by holding tight to the railing to avoid rumbling and tumbling, and quite challenging as well as though reaching up to the sky.
Once you reach the top, great is the feeling to see the whole spectrum of the complex and to rest by watching the cultural show before walking through the narrow passages for more on the history of the temple.
Going up the steep stairs may be challenging, but coming down is terrifying. So, no rushing neither pushing prior to ending your tour at Angkor Wat, then there is the optional sunset watching from Bakheng mountain. Another exhausting walk for at least twenty minutes and another narrow stairway to Phnom Bakheng - a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva and built at the end of the 9th century for the less than 5 minutes sunset view.
We then left for dinner and nothing more mattered after that expect shutting down for the day.