Angkor Wat She was a candidate to be one of the 7 wonders of the modern world and corresponds to the most visited monument of Cambodia. Surrounded by a 190m wide pit, it forms a gigantic rectangle almost 1.5km wide on each side. Hindu temple in a country with a Buddhist majority, it was built during the period Angkorian between 1112 and 1152.
Angkor Wat temple
It is the largest temple of all that form the complex of Angkor. In turn it is the most famous and most visited, so it is advisable to get up early to see its wonders with some calm. The purpose of the temple is unknown, but it is believed that it was built as a funeral temple for Suryavarman in honor of the Hindu god Visnu.
I have decided to make 2 entries in our blog about Angkor Temples. One dedicated exclusively to the temple of Angkor Wat, the most famous of all. The other will take us to visit the hundreds of temples that are scattered throughout the Angkor Jungle.
Our starting point is Siem Reap, city of entry to the temples of Angkor. It is very easy to hire a Tuk tuk to be able to visit the temples and even more that of Angkor Wat, to which caravans of buses arrive.
Do not forget to buy the ticket at the exit of Siem Reap. The price is expensive, but the number of temples that accommodate the entrance is worth it. However, you can buy tickets for 1,2 or 3 days. Angkor in full it deserves about 3 days.
Siem Reap Map
Its access is made through a bridge that crosses a large moat. Said pit is used by the water buffalo to batter in the mud.
Upon entering, we have the typical postcard of the temple. An unbeatable photo that with the help of two children ponds, you get an almost perfect reflex. Beware of mass tourism. Cambodia It is very close to Japan or China, so tourism in these countries is very common.
Angkor Wat tourism
After passing the pit, we find on each side two old libraries, which today is not a single book. They are curious to see, and the panorama of the main temple is excellent.
Once we see the temple, it is divided into three floors, all linked through a series of crazy corridors, as well as a central square to communicate several of them.
Angkor Wat Square
The most important thing inside the temple are the galleries that border it. They are full of prints with spectacular quality and the best of all is the gallery of the thousand Buddhas. Today there are not so many, since many of them have been stolen.
As you will see in the following photograph, you can spend hours and hours enjoying the engravings. All of them are different, counting different battles like that of Kurukshetra. In other halls we can even observe the glorious Army of Suryavarman II.
Leaving the galleries, we can find other entrances to the temple, which gave a kind of old gardens (there is nothing left), which could very well be used to play a soccer match. These are not very visited, since the shadow does not exist and in these places of the planet if you do not shelter ... you can have a sunstroke in a very short time. So ... to drink water !!!
And as… . Our dearest friends Monkeys making his own around the Temple. On our trip we didn't see a good one… These were at least clean, since they dedicated themselves to taking a bath in the pond, taking advantage of the hottest hours of the day.
Monkeys in Angkor Wat
Finished watching Angkor Wat, it's time to see the rest of Angkor's temples, which in my humble opinion, are more impressive. And what is better, there are fewer tourists !!!
When to go?
The best months are from December to January. From February the temperatures are unbearable until mid-April, just when the monsoon begins. This usually ends at the end of October.
How to get?
There are many ways to arrive. Our case was taking a plane from Bangkok to Siem Reap. You can go by road but I do not recommend it. It takes almost 12 hours in addition to the problems we can find at the border, although this seems to have been solved. Moreover, the bus leaves you there, so there would be no choice but to haggle the taxi drivers to take us to Siem Reap.
What to wear
Water, lots of water and occasional raincoat.
Where to sleep?
There is a wide variety of accommodation in Siem Reap. From the cheapest to the most ostentatious. Our choice was the Golden Banana, out of the hustle and bustle with a refreshing pool, a success.
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Miguel Blanquer @mablanquer