After two very full days with my tour guide I was finally on my own. I slept in and had a leisurely breakfast in an empty dining room; the tourists had all headed out by the time I got up. I decided on a nice leisurely day of sightseeing and wandering about town.
The first stop was the Angkor National Museum. It is a short walk from the hotel and no need for a tuk tuk. It is a big modern building, much more of what I would have expected a museum to look like then the spartan Cambodia Landmine Museum I visited the day before.
The cost to enter is $12, with an extra $3 for the audio tour. I opted to go with the audio tour. They give you a small headset and player which you use to enter a number in front of certain exhibits. It plays a short description of the display in front of you then move on to the next. I’m not sure it is worth the extra $3, but it does add to the visit.
The visit to the Angkor Nation Museum was a very educational and enjoyable. There is a lot of history packed into those halls. If I had to do it over again, I would have visited here first, before going out with my guide. It gave a very good overview of the history and I believe it would have made the guides teachings more comprehensible. Even still, it closed the loop on a lot of what he was trying to teach me the past few days.
The only issue for me was they didn’t allow photos in any of the exhibition halls. There were plenty of cool pictures to be had, but alas my shutter was silent. The hall of 1000 Buddha’s would have made some great images.
I’ve heard some people complain about the cost, compared to the temple pass being $20 is does seem on the pricey side. I think Angkor National Museum was worth the cost. I was only going to make this trip once.