The majority of people who travel to Cambodia take the time to visit the worlds largest religious monument, Angkor Wat.
Nursing a colossal hangover, I did just that.
Angkor Wat is located close to the town of Siem Reap (the infamous ‘Pub Street’ is also situated there, hence the hangover) and can be entered for a variety of prices depending on the type of tour you choose. It was built by King Suryavarman II in the 12th century using the famous Khmer style architecture. Over the years Angkor Wat has had its fair share of historic moments, but since 1953 has been controlled by Cambodia. Now, it draws tourists like a moth to a flame and is over run with cheeky little monkeys.
Many choose to make the trip at sunrise, which is highly reccomended. Unsuprisingly to anyone that knows me, I didn’t make it.
However, visiting in the afternoon was nothing less than breathtaking.
I’ve seen a vast range of temples and monuments travelling through Asia, but I can safely say that nothing has trumped Angkor Wat. I cannot reccomend it strongly enough. It’s gigantic and you cant help but feel a bit like Indiana Jones or Tomb Raider whilst you’re strolling around its neverending architecturally brilliant superstructure.
I think I paid around 30 US Dollars for the day pass, but I would suggest the 2 day option if you have the time.
I’d love to go back sometime.