Very soon into our trip we decided that we wanted to take our time with the Angkor Temples and that we didn’t want to rush through it all, especially after realising how hot and humid it could be, which is why we ended up buying a three day ticket and also decided to spend a few more days in Siem Reap.
My initial idea of this post was to make one mega Angkor post, but I soon realized this might not be the best approach just because of the amount of photos involved. With this in mind I’ve broken down the posts into smaller, less text and more photography based posts. Here is the first in the Angkor Temples series, the Ankgor Wat Temple
Angkor Wat is the largest religious structure in the world and lies within the ancient city of Angkor, built in the early 12th century. As we drove up Charles De Gaulle avenue towards the moat surrounding Angkor Wat, we could feel the excitement build up inside us; After seeing so many photos and reading about this place in books and blogs, we were finally here, one of the highlights of our trip.
When we arrived at the main entrance, we where blown away by the sheer beauty of structures and it left us wondering what this imperial place looked like back in its heyday. The more we walked around the complex, the more we were blown away by craftsmanship and the size of it all. Once again, just like at Machu Picchu and the Taj Mahal (For me and Raquel respectively), we were at a loss of words to describe what we were seeing, so all we did was take photos, as many of them as we could, knowing very well that nothing we took would even come close to describing how beautiful it all was. However in this instance, photos speak volumes over words… One thing that came into my head was how Ankgor Wat was not one of the Seven Wonders of the world.
Look at the list and try notice was is odd about one of the places on the list:
- Pyramids of Giza (honourary wonder)
- Great Wall of China
- Machu Picchu
- Taj Mahal
- Christ the Redemeer
- Chichen Itza
All of the places in this list are places which are more than 500 years old, except Christ the Redemeer… I don’t know how Christ the Redeemer made onto the ‘official’ seven wonders instead of this amazing piece of engineering and religious architecture… However considering the nature of the vote, it was all down to how your country marketed their sight and Cambodia, clearly didn’t find it worth spending the money to promote is more than a statue of Jesus Christ built in the 20th century.
The more we explored the city, more impressed we were with this incredible piece of engineering. The shutter of camera kept closing while I tried to capture as much of this amazing place.
We took around three hours to explore the city, but could have taken longer had we not run out of water and were at risk of dehydrating in the searing warm weather, so went looking for water and Thu, to head to the next place to blow our minds!
This post is based on our day of the 24th of September 2012
Entrance Fee: Three day ticket for use of up to a week = $40
Transport: Tuk-tuk for a day for major Angkor Temples (Big tour as it is known) = $10