Angkor Wat, Cambodia

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Today I sweated through Angkor Wat, the majestic temples from the ancient Khmer empire probably built in the 1100s as a funerary temple for Suryavarman II.

But to get there I had to take an awesome motorbike tuk tuk from my hotel to the Angkor complex.  This little guy took me all over today for a grand total of $15 (and that is with my over-tip too) for almost a full day of sightseeing.  Cambodia is so cheap!

SiemReaptuktuk1

Angkor Wat was spectacular.  Every once in a while you had to stop and think how badass this all really is to be built and to still exist today.

Angkor Wat Me

I’m at the side entrance of the main temple.  Rocking the side braid due to hair humidity issues 🙂

Angkor Wat Temple

All the temples and walkways are built from sandstone that was quarried about 20 miles away and floated down rivers to the site.  Elephants helped move the blocks into place.

Angkor Wat temples

Angkor Wat Temple 2

Angkor Wat Enterance

 

Angkor Wat was very crowded. Getting there early in the day is a good idea for less people in your photos.  A lot of tourists like to come for either sunrise or sunset- what a beautiful photo that would be.

Angkor Wat Complex

Angkor Wat Wall

(below is my favorite view from today)

Angkor Wat Complex 2

Angkor Wat temple 3

 

If you do make it to Angkor Wat make sure ladies, you wear long pants/skirt and long sleeves.  They do not let any wrap around sarongs over shorts into a few of the temples.  Men must wear longer shorts and no tank tops.

My outfit didn’t pass so I didn’t get to go into the one temple but it was 100 degrees out today so I consider it a sacrifice to be more comfortable the rest of the day.

Angkor Wat Complex 3

For now my heat rash and I are tired and are heading to the air conditioning.  There are a lot more temples around Siem Reap, some of which I saw today.  But Angkor Wat was the biggest and the best so I’ll save the rest for another post.

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3 Replies to “Angkor Wat, Cambodia”

  1. Lovely place, I could just spend the whole day there! 🙂
    I love heritage sites like these, and all that history.
    The heat though, I’ve heard, is quite the challenge in Cambodia, although I myself come from a tropical region (Malaysia where humidity is already quite high but Cambodia still somewhat is hotter).
    I can’t wait for my trip there!~

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