Many know that ever since Angelina Jolie reeled in some celluloid among the temple ruins in Cambodia as Lara Croft in Tomb Raider, the place has been attracting many tourists. The destination has garnered a lot of glossy attention but apart from that it stands to reason why travellers really frequent Cambodia, the sunrise at the Angkor Wat is on every travellers bucket list. It’s a must visit in every explorers Bible pages.
Siem Reap, the town closest to a vast complex of ancient Hindu and Buddhist Temples, is another tourist hub.
Sunrise at Angkor Wat, Siem Reap Cambodia is flocked by hundreds of tourists who show up at 5:30 am for a capture of the most beautiful sunrise painting the Cambodian skies.
You just have to know how to beat the huge crowds and where to sit for the best optimal unobstructed viewing. Ensure that your guide gets the tickets for you in advance to avoid queues.
Angkor Wat, built over the course of thirty years in the 1100’s as a home for King Suryavarman II after his death, was unknown and undiscovered until France colonized Cambodia in the mid 1800’s.
Believe it or not, what the French uncovered in the middle of the jungle, both overgrown and somewhat well-preserved, is now considered one of the Wonders of the World.Angkor Wat combines two basic plans of Khmer temple architecture: the temple-mountain and the later galleried temple.
It is designed to represent Mount Meru, home of the devas in Hindu mythology: within a moatmore than 5 kilometres (3 mi) long,an outer wall 3.6 kilometres (2.2 mi) long are three rectangular galleries, each raised above the next. At the centre of the temple stands a quincunx of towers.This sprawling temple complex in Cambodia and one of the largest religious monuments in the world, on a site measuring 162.6 hectares (1,626,000 m2; 402 acres).Originally constructed as a Hindu temple dedicated to the god Vishnu for the Khmer Empire, it was gradually transformed into a Buddhist temple towards the end of the 12th century. It was built by the Khmer King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century in Yaśodharapura, the capital of the Khmer Empire, as his state temple and eventual mausoleum. Breaking from the Shaiva tradition of previous kings, Angkor Wat was instead dedicated to Vishnu.
First of all as you land book a guide or even before that it is advisable to book a good tour guide while booking your hotels and flights.
A good tour guide will direct you to the magnificent etched walls depicting many levels of heaven and hell .Amazing how it’s contents reflect so much about life without preaching. Then you have another 1,800 seductive dancing maidens etched into the walls which keep you engrossed as you walk around thinking how on earth did the artisan’s get all those onto temple walls.
Don’t wait to take your pictures from the top most climb of the temple tops but get maximum shots while you walk past the watering hole and lotuses… remember to capture the reflection of the temple pinnacles and shadow’s in the shimmering water. Capture everything you see because once you enter you can only exit the other way, there is no return to entrance or base.
It’s about 400 square kilometres, so be ready to walk and stay hydrated.
Angkor Thom, Siem Reap, Cambodia, though it hasn’t been restored to the degree of Angkor Wat, it does have many captivating elements. Angkor Thom’s defining feature is an entry bridge flanked by 54 stone warrior surrounded by Nags or snakes from the Hindu mythology.
Most of the warriors’ heads are missing stolen by looters after the Vietnam War. This arena has etched of daily life chores and mundanes everyday living habits rather than Gods and Goddesses.
But my favourite is the Ta Prohm Series of Temples juxtapositioned inside.
As an environmentalist, it’s a delight to see how the in habitants and temple folks simply let nature be. Trees with gigantic vines envelope the temple bodies, long branches shoot through the tops of structures, while thick vines split walls in two. All in all it creates a sureallistic reminder that we can work around nature and accept it as part of our daily lives, including infrastructure. Townhall authorities should see this before cutting down street plantations randomly.
The “Tomb Raider” Temple, has crumbling walls intertwined with gigantic tree roots which is still kept in its original state of discovery which makes it the photographers delight . Try getting the sun streaming in the afternoon and you find yourself capturing envious shots of the world heritage site.
If you want to see Cambodia’s living conditions of some of the poverty stricken areas you could take a boat down the floating village’s to Ton Sap lake.
Stark truth of how survival is big on their daily agendas, enough to have floating pens with lifestocks and home’s on stilts.
It’s easy to get to Angkor Wat. Visa is on arrival.People are friendly and ever-ready to provide any information you need. On can take any flight to Bangkok from India and from there take the direct flight to Siem Reap. From Siem Reap, one can take a minibus tour to Angkor Wat. E-bikes are also available for hire for tourists. Another option is to hire a tuk-tuk to get to and around Angkor Wat, and one can find plenty of drivers waiting.But once inside the main temple arena, enjoy the long walks under the sunny azure skies.