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Ankor Wat & Sunrise – Pearl Of The Khmer Empire

Ankor Wat & Sunrise – Pearl Of The Khmer Empire

By on Feb 14, 2014 in Travel Articles | 0 comments

There are few sights more amazing and beautiful that Angkor Wat and even if you don’t already know of it, you almost certainly have seen it in pictures or perhaps you recall the scenes of old temples in the Tomb Raider film?

Ankor Wat Sunset Reflections
Ankor Wat Sunset Agent Davidov / / CC BY-NC-SA

This ancient city of temples was built almost 1,000 years ago by the Khmer and you simply cannot appreciate the size and the marvel of the thing until you see it.

Getting Around

Firstly, to get there you will need to travel to Siem Reap in Cambodia. The transport links are not great in Cambodia and unless you fancy several hours on a very questionable mini-bus your best bet is to fly in.

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Siem Reap CambodiaTartarin2009 (travelling) / / CC BY

In Siem Reap there are all sorts of hotels and a comfortable level of accommodation is available, but luxury stays are harder to find.

The easiest way to get to Angkor Wat is via a TukTuk and if you arrange one in advance you should be able to get picked up early in the morning to taken to the main area where you can watch the sun rise of the main temple.

The City Itself

Remember that Angkor Wat is in fact an entire city of temples and ancient ruins and while you can walk around, it is far more sensible to hire a tuk tuk driver for the day to chauffer you from one site to the next.

The luxury of being driven around is welcome in the midday heat and to see the entire complex might well take you all day (some people even spend 2 or 3 days exploring).

Line of tuk tuks
TukTuk to Angkor Watoldandsolo / / CC BY

You will probably start your tour at the main temple, which is probably the most iconic vista that the complex has to offer and if you arrive early you will see the sun rise from behind the buildings. There was a time when you could avoid the crowds by turning up at sunrise, but these days everyone has the same idea, so be prepared for traffic.

That said, there are massive areas of grass where people sit waiting to view the sun coming up so in spite of the crowds it doesn’t feel too overwhelming.

Other areas of the Angkor park include a temple known affectionately as Tomb Raider temple due to it’s role in the film of the same name. This is the temple most famously known for having several large trees growing out of the temple walls.

Other Ways To See It

The most spectacular way to see the complex is from above of course, and if you prefer you can have a helicopter tour for around $90 or alternatively you can take a trip in a tethered balloon. The balloon only goes up and down, but still provides a great view of the park.

Heads of Kings and Heads of Buddhas
Heads of Kings and Heads of Buddhas, Angkor WatStuck in Customs / / CC BY-NC-SA

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