Discover Angkor Wat - Siem Reap
Surrounded by Cambodia’s rich vegetation and sitting within a moat in Siem Reap, the country’s most treasured monument, the Angkor Wat, stands proudly towards the sunset. This massive structure that covers about 162.6 hectares of land was built by the Khmer King Surayavaram II; and although it was originally constructed as a Hindu temple for the empire, it transformed into a Buddhist temple towards the end of the 12th century.
This glorious structure is difficult not to miss. Its stoned walls are detailed with Khmer artistry depicting the beliefs of that have withstood the test of time. Also honored as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Angkor Wat has four towers –shaped like a delicate lotus flower – which pierces the heavens, and fills the air with a serene nature that only the traveler’s spirit can define. First time visitors might be too excited with the structure’s grand design and think that they can traverse the entirety of Ankor Wat within a day. However, we at Trip Guru must advise that to fully enjoy your stay in one of the 7 wonders of the world, you need to take your time and explore the site for more than 24-hours.
To get the best experience out of Ankor Wat, travelers must prepare themselves with a whole lot of walking. Sure, there are tuk-tuks available to take you around the complex, but there is a sense of intimacy when you reawaken the stories of the past with your own two feet. Bring extra water, especially if you plan to visit during the midday, and don’t forget to appreciate the surroundings. Not only will you be able to revel in the beauty of this architectural masterpiece, but you may also find monkeys and hidden secrets along the way.
The Angkor Wat is quite easy to get to from Siem Reap. The most comfortable means of travel is by a private car. You need to be on NR6 and then turn right after 150m. Continue driving and then make a left turn after 2.5km. Keep driving and then turn right after 350m and you will be at your destination. Angkor Wat is open from 5:00AM-6:00PM and passes are sold for $20 (1 day), $40 (3 days), and $60 (7 days).