Many people think of Angkor Wat as the one iconic temple. But did you know that it is actually a temple complex stretching over 400 square kilometres that encompasses hundreds of temples?
Many of these temples now co-exist with the jungle – something quite spectacular indeed. Ta Prohm is famous for the tree roots that now strangle the once grand temple. Witnessing the jungle claiming back its space, you really get to feel the power of nature.
Bayon is the temple known for its huge stone faces. With 51 towers, all of which have 4 smiling faces pointing towards the 4 directions, wandering the temple can be quite an eerie experience.
Preah Khan is a must see and is one of the most photographic temples. Also wrapped in tree roots and vines, this is often without large numbers of visitors.
Angkor Wat itself has not been abandoned to the elements and with good reason is the pride of Cambodia. Not only is Angkor Wat grand in scale, the detail is remarkable. With over 800m of bas-relief carvings and over 3000 apsaras carvings on the walls – all of them sightly unique, the intricacies of the carvings are awe-inspiring.
Take your time when visiting the Angkor Wat complex. There is much to see: Sit in the courtyards of the main temple watching monks in their orange robes wandering; imagine the pomp and grandeur when at the Terrace of Elephants; duck through ruins and under creeping vines in the crumbling temples struggling to keep up with the powerful jungle; chat with locals while watching the sunrise…it’s a visit you won’t forget.
Stop Press June 2016: When we wrote this blog a few months ago we were already wowed by Angkor Wat. Recently it has been reported that in addition to the above, multiple cities have been discovered in the same region. This discovery takes Angkor Wat beyond wow!