The gem of Cambodia & 8th wonder of the world: Angkor Wat

The reason why most people come to visit Cambodia or even heard of Cambodia is Angkor Wat. For the people that don’t know, Siem Reap is the city that closest to the temples of Angkor wat, the 8th wonder of the world. Actually I stayed about 5 days or so in Siem Reap just relaxing and only on the 3rd day of being there I got off my lazy ass and visited the temples. I figured the temples weren’t going anywhere so I took my sweet little time.

Sunset at the temples of Angkor Wat

Infamous sunset at the temples of Angkor Wat

Depending on your time schedule, you can either get a 1 day pass, 3 day pass or a week pass to visit the temples. It is possible to visit most of the important temples in 1 day, but that would include you having to rent a tuk-tuk to drive you around the different temples. Sort of like a packaged tour and with a time restriction for each site. With 3 day pass you can rent a bike and take your time to visit the temples at your leisure. I don’t know why people would get the 1 week pass though, but for those who like to stretch out their stay or do something in between, I guess this is a good option.

Warriors along the side on the bridge to enter Angkor Wat

Warriors along the side on the bridge to enter Angkor Wat

Carved out faces on top of one of the entrance gates of Angkor Wat

Carved out faces on top of one of the entrance gates of Angkor Wat

Temples in the middle of the jungle in Angkor Wat
Mindblowing scenes of nature over man in Angkor Wat

Me, I rented a bike and took the 3 days pass and took my time to visit all the temples at my own pace. I can’t really name all the temples that I visited but the 3 that I remember were the most famous ones. The sunset at main temple Angkor Wat, Bayon and the jungle temple Ta Phrom. Those are the one that are most impressive to me. But don’t just go visit these 3, there are tons of little temples around that have an amazing atmosphere and surroundings with HUGE trees entwined with the temples.

Bayon temple complex from a distance

Bayon temple complex from a distance

Bayon main temple

Bayon main temple

The faces of Bayon

The faces of Bayon

Detail of the carvings within the Bayon temple complex

Detail of the carvings within the Bayon temple complex

There isn’t much for me to say with all these pictures, but just to enjoy them. I just don’t have the right words to describe the feeling you get when you’re walking through the area. I wouldn’t do it much justice. Angkor Wat is definately one of my top destinations that I’ve been to on my trip. The temples, the carvings, the architecture, the history is just mindblowing. Did the most sightseeing on 2 days actually, the third day I meant to go to the furthest temple complex, but instead I got lazy and just drank beer in my hostel. I do highly recommend taking the bike instead of a tuk-tuk so you can discover the huge area at your own pace.

Trees are overpowering the temples in Ta Phrom

Trees are overpowering the temples in Ta Phrom

Huge temples and staircases in Angkor Wat

Huge temples and staircases in Angkor Wat

One of the corridors in the temples

Detail of the temples in Angkor Wat

Detail of the temples in Angkor Wat

Amazing temples hidden in between ancient old trees
Huge trees outgrowing the temples in Angkor Wat
Recurring scenery of nature over man in Angkor WatAmazing temple complex around Angkor Wat

It's almost like a 3D puzzle rebuilding the temples...

It's almost like a 3D puzzle rebuilding the temples...

Enormous structures and temples in Angkor Wat
Overview of one of the temple comlexes in Angkor Wat

Sunset at the temples of Angkor Wat
Sunset at the temples of Angkor Wat

 

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