We planned to cover three places - Angkor wat, Bayon and Ta Prohm.
First stop, Angkor Wat ♥️ the crown jewel of this country. It is a short drive from Siem Reap.
This temple is one of the largest historical monuments and one of the ancient wonders of the world - it's just fascinating. A guide is recommended. You need atleast 4hrs to cover the whole temple. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and much of the inscriptions on the walls are more than 3000 beguiling Apsaras and scenes from the epic Mahabharata for example - The churning of the sea by demons and angels are depicted(which us Indians can relate to a lot). We spent around 2-3 hrs here and left for Bayon temple
You would have seen the huge smiling faces carved which give out feels of the old TV show The legends of the Hidden temple :D that is Bayon. While Angkor wat is massive and impressive, at Bayon, you see a plethora of towers with faces gaping at you which as you realise (when you come out) form a mountain with smaller peaks.
Next, we visited the Ta Prohm (most famous for the Hollywood movie shot here - Lara Croft TombRaider). It is full of tall trees which have grown through the walls of the temple - basically a battle between nature and architecture.
On the way back, we grabbed a few tins of Angkor (local beer) for only half a dollar each!