Friday, July 6, 2012

Angkor Wat (Siam Reap, Cambodia) - Ultimate Grandest


Last night’s dinner hunger story is something (Ho Chi Minh City) I don’t even want to mention. I don’t like this bus loads of tourists dining together. All the pushing, rushing, waiting in line with a plate for the crowd to move, some actually won’t bother moving. I ate a tiny bit though, thank god for the hot thick cuppa of coffee I made in my room which keep me going until I dozed off. Logically, next morning’s buffet breakfast I hungrily and gloriously tucked into will do justice for the walking later in Angkor Wat where everyone who have come this far to Cambodia will be seen. Of course. Nothing is more meaningful in Cambodia, nothing potentially, except Angkor Wat. Been my travel wish too for as long as I recall. Finally. First thing first, face camera captured for our a day pass. A day is definitely good enough for tourists like me, unless you are writing a thesis on Angkor Wat, you can opt for the 3 days or a week pass. 


Angkor Wat indeed is the ultimate fantastica grandest. Affirmed through my lens and eyes as one of the largest religious monument ever constructed, Angkor Wat obviously has taken a spot on UNESCO world heritage listing as one of world's iconic landmarks. Something I believe most of us are aware of, otherwise we wouldn't even have considered being in Angkor Wat. Sure. Nevertheless, I must tell you on what to expect while exploring Angkor Wat. It’s all about walking and walking, in, out and throughout this huge complex by putting your trust on your pillar of strength legs. Additionally, come prepared by loading sunblock on your face and body to prevent from being sun blasted and beauty ripped aside, do not forget water love for thirst quenching, wear comfortable cotton clothes and armoring yourself with a good pair of non-biting seasoned shoes, scarf, hat and sunglasses is advisable. Crucially essential.   

For those of you who are in a tour group, I suggest you stick to the guns of your fellows because once you walk via the long stretch of road and then see more of the huge stone pillars and stone sculptures inside, mind game is potentially unavoidable. You may feel as if you are thrown in the land of confusion after seeing those akin  uniformity pillars and sculptures.




But all should be fine by relying on the signs for making your way towards the equally spellbinding and intriguing Angkor Thom (The Large City). The fortified inner royal city built by King Jayavarman Vll at the end of the 12th century, where you will see the famous Bayon, the Terrace of the Leper King and Baphuon, amongst other smaller temples.This my travel enthusiasts, is the famous location where the movie Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) was conquered. See, I told you? Dreams do come true. It did for me. Movie watching against real time live experience is incomparable.   




First half of our morning already taken up by this hour, we akin remote control paused Angkor Wat temporarily for lunching at the road side Eat@Khmer Restaurant. Deliciousness. Full of bold tastes dishes, elevated tastefully alongside fresh local ingredients, herbs, coconut milk and burst of chilies. None could be faulted at all. Yummy rocking energy packing food for us to energetically proceed to further into Angkor Wat.


Climbing the really steep stone stairway for reaching out to god was our next mission possible. Terrifying and horrifying climbing for those of you who are height phobia, yet, bravery by holding tight to the side railing and watching your steps I believe will be the act for viewing all those symbolic meaningful stone walls of Angkor Wat’s religious faith and history. Returning back to the ground level consequently, we rested for a while and took the last 360 degrees turn around for bidding bye-bye to Angkor Wat. 




Oh, it’s not over yet. Sunset watching. What a walk via the dusty uphill slope until I was almost on the verge of tearing and giving up. Nonetheless, I put all my trust at the strong faith of all the gods of Angkor Wat, motivation also shined by trailing behind the elderly couple who didn't give up. Standing in the long queue before being signalled to climb the stairs, once I got up to Bakheng Mountain, I was a gonna. Dazed. 


The best part of this whole test of  endurance and strength is nothing more than less than 5 minutes  sunset watching by pushing my vision amongst the huge zooming cameras and hundreds of people.Crazy. I actually regretted. Then again, if I didn’t do it, I would have been crowned as the social media bragging world loser.  





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22 comments:

  1. Lovely Nava. Wish I hv your energy to walk as much as you

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  2. wonderful pics n beautiful place..:)

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  3. Truly a majestic place but i don't like it being too commercialize.

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  4. I love visiting historical places.. :) this is heaven for me
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  5. Wonderful places and love the sunset pic!! how amazing it looks!! Keep updating more :)

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  6. Wow! Nava, you've covered some of the places I haven't even set foot on. This is certainly in my must-go list too!

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  7. picturesque and so beautiful Cambodia is....thanks for sharing these awesome snaps :-)

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  8. Beautiful clicks, I am so excited to see the temples it was like I was walking through them... these steps and towers are beautiful... Back in Tamil Nadu most of the temples on the hills we will climb up the steps, these pics reminded me all those....

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  9. Lucky to visit such a beautiful historical place. Loved going through the pictures. Angkor is on my wishlist. Your holiday must have been wonderful!
    Happy weekend!

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  10. Beautiful temples and statues..thanks Nava for taking us there without leaving home.

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  11. perfect clicks, I adore the patience in you clicking and writing about places you had been to, The snaps somehow remind me of India, feels as though I was in some Indian place when I went through the pics

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  12. Def this temple is a mater piece in cambodia.i have seen some show regarding the history of the temple in smithsonian channel.The king died before this temple was built, and more about the coloring, why some of the color remains some not and how it was while built .Many many things .Very happy to see these pictures in your site

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  13. nice clicks Nava... Angkor wat is my list for sometime now u r tempting more

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  14. Recently went Bsngkok and surprised to see people worship our Ganesha. My next visit would be Combodia only as I want to see our historical temples there. Also if you mention what tourist you went, what places to visit... It would be helpful for people like me...

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  15. This surely looks better than the history book's version....would love to visit it once in my lifetime!!

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  16. what a great journey.....
    i;m feeling that i just needed to take a raunaway travelling now...
    lucky you my friend!

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  17. very beautiful clicks..........lucky to visited such historical places.I would also love to visit these places in future.
    Shobha
    www.shobhapink.blogspot.in

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  18. What a spectacular place. Beautiful sunrise pictures.... oh my god you have to climb up and down those steep stairs. How many are they?

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  19. Lovely pictures! I have friends from cambodia and heard lot about the place. Your pictures are doing justice. Such a beautiful blog you have!

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  20. Lovely clicks Nava ! Thanks for the virtual tour..I've seen this location in movies and thought that this was somewhere in India :) The architecture is so similar to our own Indian architecture :)

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  21. Hi Nava, thanks for the tour. Interesting place to visit, the scenery and architecture are excellent.

    Have a nice day.

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  22. This temple is a master piece I want to visit it for a very long time, hope I will pretty soon.

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