Cambodia has been right at the top of my travel wish list for so long now. So when I had the opportunity to go there for a few days recently I knew that the historically rich town of Siem Reap was where I’d be spending those precious hours.
Angkor Wat is the most well-known icon of the region, and what many don’t realise is that there are over 50 ruins in the Angkor (which literally translates to ‘Capital City’ in Khmer) region to explore. I was lucky enough to visit 4 of these, including one on horseback where we were the only souls in sight. But Angkor Wat will now forever hold a special place in my heart.
The temple complex is the largest in the world and spans a whopping 402 acres (165 hectares). It’s had many uses over its 900-year history, including being both a Hindu and Buddist temple, and since 1992 has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s just one of those things that you can’t truly appreciate its significance until you’ve seen it in person, and I can only hope these photos spur you into visiting ASAP.
Have you been to Angkor Wat? What was the thing that surprised you the most about it?