In Siem Reap, Cambodia, sits the ancient ruins of Angkor Wat. For those slightly unfamiliar with the name Angkor Wat, think Tomb Raider. This was the site where the Angelina Jolie movie was filmed. I actually didn’t see the movie until after I visited. And while the movie was pretty good, it shows less than 1% of the amazing ancient temples that I got to visit. Within the 402 acres of Angkor Wat are hundreds of temples, some the size of a single room, and some thousands of square feet and 8+ stories tall. With these stats, it is no surprise that this UNESCO World Heritage Site is the largest religious monument in the world.
When researching my tour through the temple complex, I read on many travel guides that you can spend 3 days here and still not see all of the temples. That you can walk, ride a bike, or hire a tuk tuk driver for the day. I was a little unsure of my decision until after arriving and seeing the place for myself. Now that I’ve been, I would only recommend the tuk tuk ride to future travelers. Read why here! (Coming Soon
) I spent one full day touring these temples, each one is a little different from the last. Imagining this ruined and overgrown community in it’s prime can be so surreal. It is a true treasure of the world and should be on everyone’s bucket list. I took over 1200 photos, narrowed my favorite down to 120, and the best to these 40. I hope to inspire at least one of my readers into visiting Angkor Wat in the near future!
These temples were once painted with bright colors.
Yes, that’s a dinosaur!
AND THE MONKEYS
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