Angkor Wat: Cambodia’s Most Beloved and Best Preserved Temple

One of the must see places in South-East Asia is Angkor Wat. It is one of the most important archaeological sites in Cambodia. Angkor Archaeological Park which includes forest area stretches over approximately 500 km2 and contains the magnificent remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire from the 9th to the 15th century. Preserved are the famous Temple of Angkor Wat and the Bayon Temple with its breathtaking sculptural decorations. The Park is part of the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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Sunday morning we awoke at 3:30 in order to see the sunrise at Angkor Wat, which was amazing.

We’ve got the one-day pass, because I forgot my wallet and that one day pass ticket is all that we can afford. Anyway, there were a lot of people nearby, which took away some of its majesty. Most of the temples were indeed crowded, but that was expected. That day we went to Angkor Wat, Bayon, Terrace of the Elephants, Thommanon, Ta Keo, Ta Prohm, Banteay Kdei, and Prasat Kravan.  My favorite was Ta Prohm because the trees growing within the temple looked astonishing.

Day 2 – Monday, we went to the temple a bit later, and went to some of the lesser well known temples. We explored Preah Khan, Banteay Prei, Neak Pean, East Mebon, Banteay Srey (which was 36 km from the main park), Banteay Samre, Pre Rup, and finally Phnom Bakheng.  Many of the temples we visited today were not that crowded, aside from Banteay Srey and Phnom Bakheng. We were not able to see the entire park, but we witnessed all of the major temples.

 It was all worth it in the end to see one of the most well preserved and impressive archeological sites in the world.

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