Bangkok is not an easy city to visit. When I came here, the city presented itself as dirty and grey. The Royal Palace was overflowing with tourists, making it impossible for us to visit it properly. Our hotel had a large list of rules and fees to pay if you got a stain on the blanket, broke a glass or closed a door in the wrong way. All in all, my first impression of Bangkok was that it was unwelcoming and not very interesting.

But after a couple of days in Thailand’s capital, my opinion changed. Bangkok will never be my favourite city in the world, but I had a great time there and found a lot of stuff to do. If you are wondering where to start, here are some ideas:

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The first thing that comes to my mind when thinking about Cambodia is Angkor Wat. The temple is the country’s most famous sight and receives millions of visitors each year. But Cambodia has so much more to offer than Angkor, from its green rice paddies to its capital Phnom Penh. Here are the highlights I enjoyed most while travelling through the country:

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The plan was to stay in Angkor for three days and see the sunrise at Angkor Wat on our first morning. I never thought we would voluntarily get up at four a.m. a second and a third time for more sunrises. But over those three days, we developed a funny kind of routine. We would get up insanely early, watch the sunrise, explore a couple of temples and make it back to the hotel before ten for breakfast. After a nap, we then returned to Angkor for sunset.

Three days of sunrises and sunsets gave me the chance to explore areas away from the well-known sunrise spot at Angkor Wat. That way, I can now present to you my top five sunrise or sunset spots amongst the temples of Angkor.

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During our three days in Siem Reap, we developed a strange kind of routine. We would get up at four in the morning, drive to Angkor for sunrise and walk around the temples afterwards. Then, shortly before ten, we would leave the park and make it back to the hotel just in time to still get breakfast. After a nap, we would be back for sunset.

It is true that sunrise and sunset are spectacular in the park of Angkor. So spectacular that we got up at four three days in a row. But the temples we visited in between were just as good. If you’re wondering where to start and which temples to visit, here are the ones I liked best:

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Before going to Cambodia, I had never heard of Battambang. The town isn’t as famous as Angkor, with its many temples, or Phnom Penh, the capital. Bus connections are slow and the town falls asleep in the evening, with shops and restaurants closing early. But despite all these drawbacks, Battambang is a town worth of appearing on every Cambodia itinerary. The area is dotted with sights and we spent a great day exploring the Cambodian countryside.

Here are some of the highlights you should check out when travelling to Battambang. Times needed to visit do not include travelling times in between sites, but we managed to see all of the below in one day.

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