Angkor Wat

Trip Start Mar 03, 2010
Trip End May 02, 2010

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

So, onto the THE attraction in Cambodia - Angkor Wat. 

In short, Angkor Wat is a very large temple built in the 12th century.  It is the most important of Cambodian temples, and as such is a very popular place to visit.  In the immediate vicinity there are a ton of other temples, which also come under the Angkor Wat banner, but are separate.  I'll talk about them in separate blog posts, due to the amount of photos I took. 

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The vast majority of visitors to Cambodia go to Angkor Wat and no further.  The nearby town of Siem Reap exists to serve these people, with everything from KFC to shopping malls to whole streets of pubs and restaurants to cater to all tastes - though mainly Western, Khmer and Chinese.  As such you get a real mixture of people visiting - lots of Asian and American group tours to backpackers to European families. 

The Angkor Wat World Heritage Site is about 12km from central Siem Reap, so I decided to cycle there.  Surviving the early morning coach rush on a shoddy bike with no brakes, I enjoyed my ride up to the main entrance gate, where I had my photo taken and handed over $40 for a 3 day pass.  From there it was a nice ride in the shade, although the amount of coaches and tuk tuks flying past meant it wasn't the most peaceful of rides. 

I hit the large moat around Angkor Wat, and headed to the main entrance.  After paying some local kids to look after the bike I then proceeded to spend a good few hours having a lovely - albeit very very hot - walk around the temple. 

I won't talk too much about it, places like Wikipedia can do that for me.  Though I will say a few things that spring to mind:

* The place is STUNNING.  Simply stunning.  The level of detail is immense.  You can spend hours just looking at one side of the many buildings.

* It's busy.  You may want to time your visit to avoid the coach tours who will get in your way.

* Take as much water as you can take.  It's mental hot.  42c when I was there - and it doesn't cool down til midnight.

* Take spare camera batteries.

Anyways, enough waffle - just photos:

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