Angkor Wat | Fabien Astre

Must do in Cambodia visiting Angkor Wat

 

the Khmer empire that once ruled most of Southeast Asia it’s the most visited UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world Stretching over some 400 km2. Angkor is one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia

 

Angkor Wat is an ancient city in Cambodia and was the center of the Khmer Empire that once ruled most of Southeast Asia. Visiting this ancient city is definitely a ‘must do’ if you are in Cambodia but be prepared for a busy scene. Angkor Wat is now one of the most visited UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world, attracting more than 2 million visitors per year.

The starting point and the closest city to the religious complex is Siem Reap. The city has something to offer for every kind of traveler: tour bookings, tuk-tuk rentals, fancy hotels, budget guesthouses, expensive restaurants, street food.

The most popular temples of the complex are Angkor Wat, Bayon, Ta Phrom, and Angkor Thom. I would recommend getting a multi-day pass so you can take your time visiting some of the outer temples, where there are fewer people, and enjoy the local lifestyle too. While getting lost in the surrounding village I got invited to a wedding which lasted 2 days and was actually the highlight of my Angkor Wat experience.

Seeing the majestic temples of Angkor Wat at sunrise is at the top of most people’s ‘to do’ list while traveling in Cambodia. Be ready to wake up early, especially if you are cycling, and don’t expect to be alone – tourists crowd the site every morning to see the sunrise.

As the largest religious monument in the world, it is no surprise that the Angkor Wat temple itself is the most visited and photographed of the temples. Originally constructed as a Hindu temple, Angkor Wat eventually became a Buddhist temple (by the 12th Century).

Even if the site is a tourist trap you must go visit the ancient city that once ruled most of Southeast Asia and do not forget to visit the local people who live in the complex to immerse yourself in the local culture.

 

 

 

 


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