Thursday, August 30, 2012

Angkor Wat, Cambodia - Simply Breathtaking!

Angkor Wat is a symbol of Cambodia, not only the best attraction of the country but also one of the finest monuments and the largest Hindu temple complex in the world. It is located about six kilometers (four miles) north of Siem Reap.

According to Sacred Sites, Angkor Wat was built during the 12th century  with estimated construction time of 30 years by Suryavarman II to honor the Hindu God Vishnu and is a symbolical representation of Hindu cosmology.  Its five inter-nested rectangular walls and moats represent chains of mountains and the cosmic ocean.

Angkor Wat is just one of the temples inside the complex, and considered the best preserved.  According to Wikipedia, unlike most Angkorian temples, Angkor Wat is oriented to the west; scholars are divided as to the significance of this. The temple is admired for the grandeur and harmony of the architecture, its extensive bas-reliefs, and for the numerous devatas adorning its walls.

Let me share some of my shots of Angkor Temple:

Left picture above you will see the wall carvings. It is located at the main entrance of the building.

Best Way to Explore Angkor Wat: 

1) Rent a tuktuk for the day. The drivers there are fluent in English, you'll save on paying a Tourist Guide too because they know a lot about the temples.

2) You can get a tour package from your hotel, mostly includes air-conditioned transportation service, meals and a supply of cold drinking water.

A word of caution: You will encounter a lot of local  kids there forcing you to buy whatever it is they are selling, very annoying yes. Just work on your patience please. But you will be suprised, these kids can speak better English than most of us! And not only English, most of them are well trained to speak any languange, try it when you visit Cambodia. I even heard someone talking fluent Italian I glanced back and whoa...a teenage Cambodian kid.. amazing!

Tips in Exploring Angkor Wat:

The Tropical sun can be quite fierce, and the temples are mostly made of stones so the effect of the heat bouncing off from the stone temples can be overwhelming, so:

1) Don't forget to bring a bottle of water, make it 2!
2) Dress properly, you will be perspiring the whole day so go for comfortable clothes.
3)Wear comfortable shoes. I will not suggest slippers or those with heels. You will be walking/climbing on steep and narrow steps plus uneven terrain  so please make sure you will last a day. Wear comfy shoes! If not, I bet  you will be complaining after just a few hours of walking.
4)  Bring a hat, your sunglasses and of course your sunscreen
5) Just bring what you need and pack light! You will be walking / climbing the whole day so please be kind to yourself and carry only what is needed.
6) Bring extra battery for your camera. The heat will drain your camera's battery faster than usual.
7) The most of all, read before you go! Know something about the palace first so you'll have an idea what to expect. And of course enjoy!

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  1. One of my favorite places on earth!!! It's worth the heat exhaustion and sun burn exploring this microcosm of the universe (accdg to Buddhist cosmology). Nice photos!

  2. I just recently shared your site to a friend of mine. She and her husband loves to travel and I believe your site will be a great help to them. You've gone to different awesome places. I wish I can also do that when my budget permits. Haha!

    1. thank you Ness for suggesting my blog! Hey you can travel too with a limited budget. hehe.. travel soon! ;)

  3. this one of the places on my list, thank God Cebupac already have a flight to
    Cambodia, soon I will going there =)

    Thanks for the tips Violy =)

  4. Wow Violy as Lara Croft! :D This remains to be one of my yet to happen dream destinations. :D

    1. hehe di pa ako nag post ng picture ko here, naka Lara Croft costume din ako syempre! hehe feel na feel e.. ;)

  5. Lovely photos!
    I'd like to visit the Angkor Wat, too, given the chance. :)

  6. Definitely coming back someday to bring the hubby and our baby doll. And yes, it could take your breath away!

  7. Love it's architecture...:D

  8. One of my dream destinsation :) Sunset watching is surely so nice there. btw, I really love your blog :)

  9. Hey Viola, I experienced exactly the same on my trip to Angkor Wat. But you captured it more beautifully through your lens. Love your photos :)

  10. Nice place, lovely shots! Thanks for sharing your photos and for the helpful tips. :)

  11. perfect place to tour.The camera should be fully charge plus extra battery or you will regret in case low batt showed up.

  12. wow this is such a heavenly place. I wish I could travel too and witness the beauty of places like this :)

    The Bargain Doll

  13. The Angkor Wat!!! Many have said that the positioning of the temple is so precise that it aligns with some celestial bodies. I have heard a lot about it from my highschool teacher before.

  14. Breathtaking place indeed! I wish we could visit Cambodia someday. How much was your budget going there from the Philippines? ヅ

  15. Lovely photos on here. This looks like a an amazing and interesting history for Angkor Wat.

  16. So beautiful. One day hopefully...

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