I actually always thought Angkor was one of the seven man made wonders of the world but I just googled it and found out it wasn't. It should be though. The ruins/wats were impressive.
We spent two and half days visiting the ruins with a tour guide I found on TripAdvisor. I'm on the fence about having hired a guide. On one hand it made everything really easy - air conditioned car (it was a big plus - it being 32C with 90% humidity) with a very personable guide but on the other hand it was expensive. I'm not such a history buff that I needed to know all about the ruins. Half the time I wasn't even listening to our guide ;) I was just taking pictures.
I guess what I'm thinking is if you are on a budget and just want to roam around freely, you can definitely do it for much cheaper. Most hotels include complimentary all day Tuk-Tuk services for their guests. It would have been less comfortable but free :) All we would have had to pay for would have been the 3 day park pass which was $40 USD.
Here are some of our favorite shots from Siem Reap:
|Angkor Wat at sunrise|