Angkor is one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia. Stretching over some 400 sq. km, including ... More
Angkor is one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia. Stretching over some 400 sq. km, including forested area, Angkor Archaeological Park contains the magnificent remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire, from the 9th to the 15th century. These include the famous Temple of Angkor Wat and, at Angkor Thom, the Bayon Temple with its countless sculptural decorations. UNESCO has set up a wide-ranging programme to safeguard this symbolic site and its surroundings.
Cambodia is a country in change. Never more apparent is that then here in the Siem Riep area of the country. The old and the new, the haves and the have nots side by side, exposed for all to see.
Angkor Wat is truely one of the wonders of the world. Culturally, historically (and economically) a vital part of Cambodia.
While I loved all I saw here, my advise is to take at least one of your days to travel beyond the main temples of Angkor (laden with the locals hawking their wears and hordes of tourists) and venture to the outer ruins beyond the main walls and perhaps a few km (or more) away from the hustle. Here is where I found more of the Cambodia (at least I) was interested in seeing, and one that is quiet and less frequented by tourists.
Siem Riep itself, while still full of charm is in many respects owned and operated by those from outside the country. A symptom of the "free market" of many south asian economies.
Avoid the rainy season, but by all means take the time to venture to this truely beautiful country, but do it soon before it truely becomes a resort desitination that (for me) has ruined such other places like Thailand. (but judging by the comments of one group I heard whom complained about the sameness of the ruins themselves, perhaps it is this resortness and "spicing up" of "realness" that some seek in the safety of their world.)
When you talk about Combodia, you always think about ancient temples, empty beaches, mighty rivers, remote forests... The special point of Combodia is Angkor Wat, that is well known to every foreigner around the world.
Angkor Wat locates in Siem Reap, about 192 miles from the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh. AngKor Wat was build between 1113 and 1150 with Khmer architecture_was a unique style of building, which culminated in the creation of some of the greatest religious monuments the world has ever known. Main materials for building Angkor Wat are laterites ang landstones, they were prepared carefully to fit together.The Khmers never learnt how to build an arch, but they were very sucessfull to build Angkor Wat and also other ancient temples in Combodia. There are many legends, mysteries and anecdotes about Angkor Wat such as one lost city in Angkor, the legend of Zagab, snake princess... Local guides and villagers will undoubtedly tell visitors more about the legends surrounding Angkor.
Angkor is a mysterious land,
I hope I have chance to discover it. ^^
Enormous and Spectacular! Thousand Tons of Giant Stones were ideally carved into unbelievable features. I could not believe my eyes when I first arrived at the huge ancient gate. Every thing was wonderful: the sites, people and food. Anyway, food is interesting and cheap there!
The temples of Angkor Wat, Bayon, Angkor Thom, etc were amazing. We were climbing on top of the ancient ruins, which due to the masses of people, will soon be destroyed. We ventured to Kulon Mountain to view the reclining Buddua. This was a 2.5 hr ride down a very bumpy dirt road w/giant potholes. But the countryside was beautiful, the people were poor, but generous of heart. Our guide spoke English, (I think?!!) but still had a difficult time understanding him. So a guide book is a necessity. Go to Angkor Wat, before it is too late.
I really enjoyed our day touring Angkor Wat and Bayon temples. I could have spent a couple days just looking around Angkor Thom City, but I was with a tour group. The only negative comment I have is not completely negative toward the city itself. There were a lot of beggars and peddlars present. I felt bad for them, but they were hard to say no to. When you said no, they persisted. It was difficult. This was a trend I saw all over Cambodia, though, so this was not isolated to Angkor Thom City. The temples were beautiful, though. I'd recommend anyone who travels to Cambodia to see them.
The Angkor Wat was an impressive sight and as I walked towards the temples and I felt a sense of serenity and calm. The carvings on the walls hold stories that centuries old that I can only imagine.
The Bayon temple are also impressive though not quite it is not quite the scale of Angkor Wat.
I took lots of pictures and look at them from time to time!
Angkor Wat is the most amazing experience. We started at Angkor Thom, and the Bayan Temples, The Elephant Terrace etc. Had our fortunes told by an ancient monk. Thom Pranh (the scene of Tomb Raiders) is exceptional. The Angkor Wat complex stands alone. We left feeling peaceful, serene and fulfilled. A visit to the echo chamber kept my arthritis pain away for over 6 weeks. We went in July 2005, and are returning again in July 2006. Angkor Wat is sinking as the water table below it dries out more and soon may be dangerous for tourists. It is one of the wonders of the world. Do yourself a favor ang go see it whilst you still can.
Angkor Wat is the top attraction in all of Southeast Asia. It is the most famous of the temples in the Angkor archaeological area. The temple is vast with a lot of detail work and bas reliefs, all of which are incredibly well-preserved. I spent three days touring all of the temples of Angkor, visiting Angkor Wat three times over those three days. I based myself out of nearby Siem Riep.
Hiring a guide or bringing a thorough guidebook is essential if you want to fully understand the richness of Angkor Wat. For example, the bas reliefs tell stories from Hinduism; there is symbolism in the temple architecture.
A three-day pass to all the Angkor temples was $40 when I visited. It's one of the experiences I'll always remember and definitely worth the price of admission.
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