Angkor Wat

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Kez on February 26, 2006

Angkor Wat is so amazing and huge, in both area and height. Because of the lighting, it is best to visit after 2pm.

Keep your eyes peeled for the families of monkeys on the side of the road just before you reach Angkor Wat. They make a great photo opportunity.

When you first arrive you enter through a long causeway over the moat, into the temple complex itself. We opted to walk on into the centre of the main temple complex first.

If you do this remember that the gallery in the outside wall holds some of the most amazing bas-relief carvings, including the famous Churning of the Ocean Milk. These extend around the interior of the wall, about 1km in total. If you arrive amidst a flurry of tour buses, come back after they leave as you won’t get a look in otherwise. They are so beautifully carved, it is like watching an epic story unfold before your eyes. They need to be followed counterclockwise to follow the story.

Within the main temple complex ,there are many more carvings of the Asparas and other relief’s. I really loved the way nearly every window opening had these beautifully-carved small stone pillars, I don’t know their technical name but some were in false windows for ornamentation and others formed a semi-curtain over actual openings.

You then need to climb up the towers, be warned that the steps are very steep and not for the fainthearted. There are many more chambers with offerings, and you receive a fabulous view of Angkor and the surrounding countryside.

One of the nicest things about Angkor Wat is the large number of monks that you meet whilst wandering around, all keen to practice their English and meet travelers from various parts of the world. They're happy to be photographed, and are very photogenic at that.

We also had a young girl start scampering behind us. After some time she became less shy, and once we coaxed her out with some gummy bears that was it, she was with us for our whole visit. When she was tired, she gave a yawn and disappeared.

Temple Complex of Angkor Wat
5.5 Km North of Siem Reap
Angkor, Cambodia

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