Cambodia – Part 2: Angkor

Click below for my video on Angkor

Angkor is home to a world of ancient ruins and temples which you are able to explore.¬†There’s just too much great stuff to see in one trip. There are said to be over a thousand structures attributed to angkor that span over an area of about 400 square miles, but the main sites that you’re really going to want to visit are just a few miles apart from each other. The main site here is Angkor Wat, I’m sure you will have heard of it and I bet this will be the main reason for you visiting angkor but this is just the tip of the iceberg, and in my opinion not nearly the most interesting site here.

Angkor Wat

Just like most people who visit Angkor, after buying my three day pass I went straight to Angkor Wat. This isn’t because I wanted to see Angkor Wat so badly over anything else that I couldn’t wait, it’s simply because Angkor Wat is one of the first places you arrive at as you enter the historical park. But, it’s actually a really great place to start.

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat: The largest religious monument in the world.

As you might have guessed, Angkor Wat is a very popular place for tourists and receives a high number of visitors. There is a lot of space here; 402 acres to be precise, so it can hold quite a lot of people before it begins to feel crowded. However there are some areas of the site that aren’t so spacious and if a few group tours decide to go there at the same time it can get crowded pretty quickly and personal space becomes a thing of the past.

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Bayon is about 3km away from Angkor Wat and is a really fascinating and interesting place to explore. This site is much more packed together than Angkor Wat and its most characteristic feature is the 200+ large stone faces on the towers of the upper terrace.

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Ta Prohm

The last place that I am going to mention is the place that I found to be the most unique and interesting; Ta Prohm. This collection of temples has really been taken over by the jungle; there¬†are tall trees growing from the tops of the temples and thick roots snaking all over the surface of the walls. I felt like I had just stumbled across this place and discovered it for the first time. Well, that was until a coachload of chinese tourists turned up and ruined the atmosphere, but the great thing about Angkor is that it’s so big that you can always find somewhere that’s secluded enough to explore on your own.

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Some other great places

There is a whole bunch of other really great sites and temples to explore here in the historical park, too many to write about really. So this last gallery of pics is just a few of the other places that I visited nearby.

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