Saturday, November 16, 2013

Angkor Wat - Cambodia (Part 1)

Sightseeing and lunch over and done by 2.30pm (Reunification PalaceWar Remnants Museum Saigon Central Post Office) in Ho Chi Minh City, thereafter a long drive to Siam Reap, followed by dinner, prior to knocking off for the day. Next morning, after the usual buffet breakfast, we left for Angkor Wat. Being in Angkor Wat was akin my dream finally came true. Really true. I am actually in Angkor Wat. Believe it nava-k! What a feeling. Been on my travel wish list, I think for the longest time. One of the largest religious monument ever constructed and one of world's iconic landmarks, Angkor Wat is also a UNESCO world heritage site. Angkor Wat by far holds so much of religious significance for a Hindu like me. Regardless of the fact that it is now recognized for its Buddhist faith, honestly, doesn’t really matter for me. After all, I am not the most potential pious Hindu soul on earth. I of course strongly believe in god, mind you. Moderately praying is my way to my religion instead of rolling on the floor and praying for hours, what is more important for me is upholding my religious faith by not mentally or physically hurting another living being, I have long banished cursing and swearing, and I don’t envy those who are better off than me. Fair enough for my religious faith, whether I end up in hell or heaven, I really don’t know.

Angkor Wat, dating back to as far as the 12th century, by the way is not only a must see for people like me. Anyone for the matter must experience. You must. At least once. Angkor is just so historical and meaningful. Indeed, I was utterly overwhelmed with an unspeakable sense of happiness. First thing first once I arrived. I stood in the long queue for registration prior to obtaining an entry pass. My beautiful face captured by the camera, which then went on the pass, you can opt for a day, 3 days or one week in Angkor Wat. One day is good enough. Seriously. Unless you are writing a thesis or you want to keep the gods company. Logically, for any tourist like me, even a day can rip your legs apart because it’s almost a whole day of walking under the burning sun, let’s say from 9.30pm to 5.30pm. Of course in between we must take a lunch break. Come prepared to Angkor Wat. Load up as much as sunblock on your face and body, wear loose cotton clothes and comfortable walking shoes will walk you. Also, protect yourself with a hat and sun glasses, I on the other hand, prefer a scarf, don’t forget to carry water. For those in a tour group, please pay attention to your guide. Where and what time. Really crucial, otherwise you may be end up spending a night or more in Angkor Wat. Tour guides on the other hand I doubt will walk you. They will take you till the entrance, that’s it. I can understand. Imagine them walking, maybe two or three times in a week alongside difference tour groups throughout the year, and then disappearing in thin air?   

The beauty of Angkor Wat begins once you start walking via the long dusty road lined with huge stone sculptures. There is no stopping to walking, as well as climbing, your strong legs is the pillar of strength for seeing the huge and small pillars and stone structures. It can get a little confusing in Angkor too. You may feel as though you are circling within the same spot. Whatever it is, watch your steps. Stop being a hero by climbing to higher heights. Don’t do it if you really can’t. Not worth it. Remember, we want to exit out of Angkor Wat save and sound?

Angkor Wat (The Temple City), considered as the masterpiece of Cambodian ancient architecture was built by King Suryavarman 11 to honour the Hindu god Vishnu. It will be a good idea before anything else to read up on Angkor Wat, of course most essential information is made known on the notice and sign boards within this huge complex, but can eat up against your time. We however were contented with allowing our eyes to transmit the near and far magnificence views.

Once we covered this Temple of Angkor Wat, we then walked to 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, between other smaller temples This is my friends, the famous location where the movie Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) was shot. See, I told you? Dreams do come true. It did for me. Movie watching and a real time live experience can’t be the same thing. Not at all.  

To be continued in Part 2.

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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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