Travel Review and Photos by Sabrina Selkis (www.facebook.com/SabrinaSelkis or www.mademoisellesphotography.com/)
Yours truly is back. Hell-yeah!! I have no intentions on writing anything clever and philosophical here, just simple and fun write ups of everything and anything that comes my way. Enjoy. Here it goes:
Touring South East Asia requires a must visit of the famous Angkor Wat temples. And like the good tourist that I am, I make my way there. Situated 30 minutes away by a tuktuk ride from Siem Reap airport, the 500-acre site is one of the largest religious monuments in the world and represents the architectural pinnacle of the Khmer Empire.
A quick history background:
Angkor Wat is a temple complex measuring 162.6 hectares (1,626,000 sq meters). It was originally constructed as a Hindu temple for the Khmer Empire, gradually transforming into a Buddhist temple toward the end of the 12th century. It remains crammed with stone reliefs and statues of Vishnu, Ganesh, Shiva, Hanuman, and the mystic dancing girls, the Apsaras.
Angkor Wat includes : Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm and Bayon Temples, Phimeanakas, and the Terrace of Elephants. Ta Prohm Temple is instantly recognizable. It was a key setting in the hit movie, Tomb Raider, chosen for its exotic, overgrown state.
Tourists love to pose for photos before the gnarled jungle roots and branches that have grown into the carved rock over the centuries, disassembling the work of ancient artists and masons, and so do I! Yes, I have no shame, I even imagine myself as an archaeologist-adventurer who travels the globe searching for lost artifacts, infiltrating dangerous tombs and ruins ending up in Angkor Wat! Sorry, I am getting too excited now!
As you arrive in Siem Reap, you will be bombarded with different options to visit the temples, from the pleasant Elephant’s back to the torturing car with air con- the choice is yours. It could take one day, three months or one year, it depends on your walking speed and how much of the area you want to discover. In all honesty you should just move there, because who gets bored of this temple!? I could easily make a very detailed schedule for you but I won’t- adventure people! Adventure!
Being here definitely does’t feel real, it is so much beauty to process, seriously, it makes you dizzy and causes you to say, “ooohh, woooow” all the time! It is now late August, luckily it is low season so not too busy, making it even more of a special experience (as well as more mosquitoes for me) .Walking in those empty old alleys is something I will never forget, the best three hours of my life! I walk fast and my tuktuk driver was awesome at off road driving.
Such a trek deserve a nice meal and i can strongly recommend La Cabane, la cuisine des fillesRestaurant on New Street A in the center of Siem Reap, close to the infamous craziness of Pub Street.
Enjoy, you filthy adventurers, and don t forget your mosquito spray.