Photo Diary: Angkor Wat

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Hi guys,

Here I am again, writing my diary during a layover in Bangkok airport. Cambodia is already history, it has been an incredible journey and its quite hard to compile all my thoughts in one blogpost without making it too long.

Okay here I go, after our visit to Bangkok, were I am now again ironically, we landed in Siem Reap, a charming town with rural qualities, lots of guesthouses, hotel, restaurants, and not to forget a great Pub street. Siem Reap is the base from were you can go to several great sights, with of course as main sight the Angkor Wat temples! We stayed here for 4 days and took a 3-day pass to explore this world wonder! 3 days was about right enough for us, 2 days would have been too short to see all the temples and you would have to rush without enjoying it and 4 days would have been a bit too much of temples and culture, of course this in to our taste, if you love history or you have the spirit of a real archeologist you can explore these temples for weeks.

But where do I begin with describing Angkor? There is no larger concentration of architectural riches anywhere in the world and every piece is unique with different inspirations. Lets sum up the most epic ones, to start Angkor Wat itself, this is the largest religious building of our world. it is so unbelievably beautiful and giant and I strongly recommend to visit this during sunrise, the atmosphere itself is already worth it. Then you have Bayon, with 216 enormous coldly smiling stone faces, it’s mesmerizing. And my favorite temple must be Ta Prohm, it is amazing to see the power of the jungle, the towers and walls of this temple are locked in the muscular embrace of centuries-old trees, INCREDIBLE. Fun fact: it’s also called the Tomb Raider temple because it was used as a location to shoot one of the most important scenes of this blockbuster starring Angelina Jolie.

We visited several more temples but this would lead me to far and it would take away the pleasure of exploring it yourself. I feel really blessed I had to opportunity to visit this wonder and I will store this in my memory forever!

Written by
Matthias

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The fusion temple of Preah Khan

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Ta Nei Temple

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The Water Temple – Neak Poan

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The Royal Bathing Pond Sra Srang

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World’s largest religious building, The Angkor Wat Temple

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Bayon where 216 faces bear down on the jungle.

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The victory gate of Angkor Thom

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Terrace of the elephants

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Ta Prohm, nicknamed the Tomb Raider temple

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Kbal Spean, a spectacular carved riverbed set deep in the jungle!

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Banteay Srei, called citadel of the women.

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Matthias Geerts

Founder and writer

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