Angkor Wat is the gem of Cambodia
It is the biggest in the world, religious monument. Its size is 162.6 hectares (402 acres).
Yes, it is real big, so we recommend you to rent a tuk-tuk for the day. It will cost you around $15-$25.The entrance to the complex will cost you $20 for a day, $40 for three days or $60 for a week.
But what exactly it is?
Suryavarman the Second (ruler between 1113 and 1150 AD), wanted to have a miniature version of the universe so he ordered Angkor Wat to be built. The central tower in the middle represents the mythical mountain, Meru, the core of the world. Each of the five towers corresponds to the peaks of Meru. The walls that surround it represent the mountains at the end of the world and the water, the oceans beyond. Is it cool right?
O.K. good story but what to do there?
First get up as early as possible. Climb the Bayon. It is the big temple in the center with 54 towers and 216 faces of Avalokiteshvara. You can enjoy a breathtaking view of the sunrise there. It’s magnificent!
Second to visit – Ta Prohm
Go there before the mid-day so you can evade the crowd. There you will feel like in Indiana Johns’ movie. The jungle has swallowed the monument in a unique way. It is a place for adventurists who like to explore maze-like corridors and iconic tree roots.
Later go on the Elephant Terrace – 1000-foot terrace full of elephants.
King Jayavarman the Seventh used to watch how his victorious army was returning from battle, from it. Here we recommend you to go in the late afternoon because then there are a bit fewer tourists.
And what better place to finish the day then the Neak Pean. It is a human-made isle with a Buddhist temple in the middle. You just need to cross a narrow wooden bridge, and then you will be there. Very romantic and beautiful place to finish the day.
Now that you know about this fabulous destination, when are you packing your bags?