Angkor Wat, a symbol that is so iconic that represents Cambodia is nothing short of amazing.
Being able to see, touch and stand inside Angkor Wat gave me a feeling that is hard to describe in one word.
It feels like history being brought back to life in front of my eyes. Every piece of stone, every bas-relief, every wall and every statue seem to have their own untold stories waiting for me to discover.
I can’t help but to be amazed by the scale of this temple and the intricate artworks done by the ancient Khmer people.
However, like many others, I didn’t know that Angkor Wat is not the only temple in Siem Reap before this. In fact, there are over thousand of temples, big and small all over Angkor.
While Angkor Wat is the most famous temple, Angkor Thom is the biggest temple complex.
We arrived at Angkor Wat 5:30 in the morning so that we could catch the view of sunrise.
Too bad the sun was hiding behind the clouds and the sunlight only pierce through the clouds when we were about to leave.
After visiting Angkor Wat, we went to several other temples. I won’t go into details and I’ll let the pictures do the talking.
Preah Khan Temple
Prasat Banteay Srei Temple
Prasat Pre Roup Temple
Ta Prohm Temple
Happy Special Pizza
After a long day hopping from temple to temple, we had this Happy Special Pizza for dinner.
It seems like having pizza becomes one of the tourist attractions in Siem Reap.
Why having pizza? Because people want to be happy. Why happy? Because it’s special. What so special? Well, because they put some special herbs *ahem* ganja *ahem* into the pizza.
Ha… now you know why. But the truth is, none of us were happy or high (not even close) although we asked them to put in more “herbs”.
After a long day visiting temples in Angkor, I must say that the architecture was eye-opening, the carvings were nothing short of remarkable and the amount of efforts put into building each of the temples were just jaw-dropping.
That leaves only one question, how did they managed to build these impressive temples thousand of years ago? And how did they even managed to bring those gigantic stones up to the hills?
Well, I think I have solved the myth. They did it with the help of an extraterrestrial creature came from the outer space.
The creature provided them with technologies so advanced even nothing in the 21st century can compare with.
So until today, they still worship the statue of the creature.
They call it Stitch.
- Cambodia Part 1 — Siem Reap
- Cambodia Part 2 — Angkor (this)
- Cambodia Part 3 — Tonle Sap
- Cambodia Trailer
- Cambodia Part 4 — Phnom Penh
- Cambodia Part 5 Finale — Sihanoukville
those are some amazing pics! where did you stay during your trip?
Thanks Bal! I stayed at the Golden Mango Inn at Siem Reap. Highly recommended 🙂