[Angkor Ancient Mega City]
It is said that Angkor city was once the largest city in the entire world. It was the capital city of the Khmer Empire, a powerful Hindu-Buddhist empire in Southeast Asia that flourished from the 9th to the 15th centuries. Within the Angkor ancient city lies the largest religous momunent in the world, the magnificient Angkor Wat. The good few hours spent exploring the Angkor Wat was definitely the highlight of my trip to Angkor city.
As a South East Asian Angkor is a familiar name, but I never knew how it actually looked like until Angelina Jolie’s movie, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, and baam! Instantly a new listing added to my bucket list: A trip to Cambodia. It was also the very first destination to begin my backpacking life. I spent only 2 days in Siem Reap mainly just to visit the Angkor archaeological site, and i’m definitely regretting for not spending more time exploring the town, which is also the gateway to the Angkor archaeological site.
As a guy who love photography (not pro but more of a hobbyist), I think I worked my index finger to the bone snapping the shutter button every few secs as soon as I arrived the archaeological site. On this page I’ve shared only the few of my personal favourites to keep the page neat and tidy.
If you are visiting the archaeological site below are some personal tips:
There are 1 day / 3 days / 7 days tickets:
The entire archaeological site is HUGE! It is possible to do a one day trip but it will be a rush, so do plan ahead. Sunrise in Angkor Wat is a must see and as for sunset view, the recommended spot is Phnom Bakheng. 3 days ticket are the most popular as you will get heaps of time to explore the site at your own pace. You could join tours or rent the tuk tuk to visit the site, I would definitely recommend renting the tuk tuk as the driver will follow your pace to explore the site. Try to look for a few travellers to share the cost of tuk tuk if you are alone.
Sunrise in Angkor Wat:
Arrive there really early (before 5am) if you wanna get a good spot for the best photos as it gets very crowded. It will be pitch dark when you arrive there so a torch light app on your phone will be very handy.
Angkor Wat is not just a tourist place but a sacred site. So do cover your shoulders and avoid wearing miniskirts or shorts.
Below are my most favourite photos taken in Angkor. Hope you guys like it!
Chom is my nick name. My real name is Lee Poh Wei, born and raised in Malaysia but moved to Perth Australia in the early 2000s. I’m an ordinary people living a simple life, and I have keen interest in exploring the world just like many others.
After a decade of being a full time employee, I needed a change and a part of me was dying for the bigger world. After given a serious consideration, I quit my job to pursue the life of becoming a storyteller. I have been backpacking around South East Asia, Europe and Australia since early 2017.
The best experiences I have had through travelling are the connections I made with each and every travellers I met along the journey. The memories and stories I shared with them are simply priceless.
My upcoming plan is to explore the opposite site of the globe, probably South America to begin with. Hope i could meet more awesome people along the way!
Thanks for reading and have a great day!