Thursday, 15 June 2017

Visiting the Angkor Wat Temples


Visiting historical sites around the world has been one of my greatest pleasures from travelling. Being fond of world history (particularly European history), I have always thoroughly enjoyed the chance to feel as if I have walked through a time machine, and stepped out in another life, another world, another existence. Such is the case when you visit the great temples of Southeast Asia. Even more so than my trips to European countries, as I was not stepping back only hundreds of years, but all the way back to 802 AD. Unfathomable.

My Visit to the Angkor Wat Temples

My visit to the Angkor Wat Temples was during the wet season (June-November), which had both pros and cons. First of all, there were far less tourists in Siem Reap (the city of which you base yourself to visit the temples)... so that was a bonus. But of course on the con side, it meant that there was often rain… and lots of it!

Helpful Hints...

It should go without saying as it is a general rule for all major tourist attractions, but be sure to arrive at the Angkor Wat Temples early (between 4.30-5.30am) in order to grab those sunrise photos. You will be joined by many other travellers from all around the world all hoping to grab that same shot, so the earlier you arrive the better chance you have of grabbing a front row seat.

The Various Temples of Angkor Wat

As the largest religious monument in the entire world, it is little wonder the Angkor Wat temple itself is the most visited of the temples and most photographed. Originally constructed as a Hindu temple by the Khmer Empire, Angkor Wat temple eventually became a Buddhist temple by the 12th Century. Around the complex you will find endless bas-reliefs (2,600 feet to be exact), depicting the famous battles and scenes from battles. To get a more in-depth experience and walk away feeling educated, consider booking a guide for the day if you aren't travelling as part of a tour.

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