angkor wat, cambodia
Given that the temples of Angkor are one of the top tourist sites in all of Asia, it is difficult to avoid tour buses and crowds. It is estimated that the main temple of Angkor Wat gets an average of 500 tourists at sunset each day and that the crowds swell to 6,000 by 2 pm. Unfortunately visiting these sacred ruins with masses of people is not nearly as profound or moving an experience than walking through them in solitude. There are guides, though, who know how to time visits and arrange entry at lesser known access points to increase your odds of visiting in quiet. They can also put the history into context and steer you to the highlights in each complex. It is best to design an itinerary with a mix of visits to the most famous temples but also to some of the lesser known ones. Indagare members can contact the Bookings Team.