Saturday, November 16, 2013

Angkor Wat - Cambodia (Part 1)

Sightseeing and lunch over and done by 2.30pm (Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum, Saigon Central Post Office and Vietnam House Restaurant) in Ho Chi Minh City, thereafter a long drive to Siam Reap and dinner somewhere nearby the hotel. The next morning after the usual buffet breakfast, we left for Angkor Wat - one of the largest religious monument ever constructed, one of world's iconic landmarks and UNESCO world heritage site. Arriving at Angkor Wat was like a dream come true. For years, I have earmarked this temple and here I am. Knowing well it is going to be a whole day of walking under the hot sun, I came prepared. Body and face layered with sunblock, a big scarf to shield my head and comfortable loose cotton pants and t-shirt. 

First the registration for the entry pass with your picture taken (US20.00 for a day), then you walk all the way in. We were constantly reminded it is possible to get lost in the huge complex and to meet up again at one specific exit. I didn't dare walk on my own, so we tacked in small groups and watched over each other. The beauty of Angkor Wat begins from the long road lined with stone sculptures leading into the temple, Angkor (The Temple City) considered the masterpiece of Cambodian ancient architecture was built by King Suryavarman 11 to honour the Hindu god Vishnu, there's  plenty of infor on the history of the temple, but basically it is about letting your eyes marvel at the stone cravings and structures.Unbelievably magnificent with a large number of temples within and around the complex, if you don't hurry up, you won't be able to cover more of Angkor.  

Equally spellbinding is Angkor Thom (The Large City), the famous location where the movie Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) was shot, the fortified inner royal city built by King Jayavarman Vll at the end of the 12th century and houses the famous Bayon, the Terrace of the Leper King and Baphuon among the other smaller temples.

At this juncture, already feeling lethargic and covered with dust, we meet up with the tour guide and walked to the Khmer restaurant for lunch. Certainly a break we appreciated.

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  1. Loved the post Nava. Beautiful clicks and can't wait for the next part :)

  2. Wow! Breathtaking shots,a real wonder of the world.

  3. It looks impressive but different than I expected. Would you recommend me to go to this temple when I am in Thailand.


  4. Wow, very beautiful photos and very very lovely....

  5. That is an impressive travelogue part 1 love seeing remains and ruins of bygone era.

  6. fabulous cicks nava, I really enjoy reading ur page u know.. It gives so much information and a feeling of having visited without doing that! :) Kudos to u :)

  7. Combidia is so beautiful , so good to know more about it..
    I must visit it some day
    Happy Weekend
    Keep in touch,

  8. wow!I am so excited!Very beautiful place to visit,these photos remind me of Sri Lankan heritage sites

  9. I have learnt about this place in history.. Thanks for sharing the photos.. It was so informative..

  10. Hi Nava, thanks for the tour. Fantastic scenery! I enjoyed looking at all the pictures.

  11. The place looks ethereal!! I would soo love to visit angkor wat


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