A Visit to Angkor Wat, Cambodia

One of the largest religious monuments in the world, the archeological park of Angkor Wat is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, wonder of the world and most definitely a site to be seen.  Many sites to be specific as you can spend anywhere from a full day to a week visiting Angkor and its endless temples.  It is without a doubt one of the most magical places I’ve ever visited and the temples found here have an energy that is indescribable.

Below you can find some travel tips starting with where to stay along with info and photos of some of the site’s most popular temples to visit.

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Siem Reap

This would be the town to travel to and stay in while visiting the Angkor temples.  Full of restaurants, markets, shops and endless lodging options, a visit to this city does not disappoint.  I’d suggest at least a few days here so that you have ample time to visit the temples along with time to explore the town.

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One of the many streets to explore in town
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Siem Reap night views on Pub Street.
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The pool at our hotel- Nagara Angkor Boutique Hotel where a room is around $20/night
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The best way to get around to visit the temples would be to hire your own personal tuk-tuk driver and tour guide for the day.  This can be arranged through your hotel or you can find them throughout the town offering different specials on tours.

Angkor Wat

The largest and main temple is Angkor Wat itself which is a massive complex full of endless temples and beauty.  The most popular times to visit are at sunrise and sunset for incredible views of the sky reflecting in the water surrounding the temple.

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Bayon

Known for the unique smiling faces on each of the structures, the popular Southeast Asia phrase “same same but different” is very applicable at Bayon Temple.  This is one of the most popular temples to explore and for good reason.  The views of each and every smile on the buildings make this a very pleasant and enriching experience to be had.

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Temple twinning

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Ta Prohm

This temple found its notoriety due to its use in filming the movies Tomb Raider with Angelina Jolie and Indiana Jones.  Full of trees and their roots taking over and growing from every angle of the buildings, this temple is another magnificent site.

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Nothing but smiles when taking in all the beauty of this magical place

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