FORGIVE ME! I am suuuuuuper behind on my blog posts, just know that I am working on them. I haven’t forgotten about you all 🙃
Today we woke up super early (4:00 AM local time ) to arrive and watch the sunrise at one of the 7 wonders of the world, Angkor Wat Temple.
With construction beginning roughly in the beginning of the 12th century, Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument in the world at roughly 402 acres, surrounded by a man made moat and a height of roughly 700 feet from the ground level with an estimated 27 years to complete.
The downside of writing a travel blog is that pictures can really do justice when seeing the world. The size of this monument is absolutely massive. Unfortunately, we arrived on the holiday of Buddha’s birthday and the top level of the temple was closed off to visitors which was a big shame… I am sure that the views from the top were phenomenal.
The amount of detail gone into these stone carvings/etchings shown above are amazing as you could see. They each are stories of the previous kings of Cambodia, this one is specifically about a battle between two nations in which the king died during battle. And below you can see that these hallways go on FOREVER… And this is only on a very small portion of the temple!
I could stay here and take pictures all day!
I am particularly not a fan of getting up at very early hours of the morning to do some trekking but I think that we can all agree that this one was definitely worth it.
For the picture below, I feel like I have seen this room in some movie somewhere… It looks very familiar. If you know which one, please leave a comment below!!!
Overall I highly recommended a visit. Although it does tend to get crowded around sunrise, the crowds disperse right after which makes it much easier to get around. Another issue however is the pushy-ness of the locals who want to sell you crap. While some do offer beautiful oil paintings or jewelry, it’s hard to see very young children working at such a young age. That is no way to spend your childhood, selling a bunch of crap. They should be in school or out playing somewhere. But, unfortunately it’s the norm in most 3rd world countries. But like I said, if you plan to visit Cambodia, Angkor Wat is a absolute must!!!