Wandering around Siem Reap is truly something else! This ancient city boasts 292 temples, our trusty tour guide mentioned that 37 were actually accessible. (No, we did not visit 37 temples..) Siem Reap is not only famous for its temples, but also the amazing food, night markets and cultural experiences.
No doubt, Angkor Wat took our breath away. Originally built and dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the intricate Apsara carvings are unique and beautiful. One of the most well preserved temples, Angkor Wat requires at least 2-3 hours to take in the awe-inspiring details. It’s the heart and soul of Cambodia and a source of fierce national pride.
Don’t forget to climb the steep stairs all the way up to the upper level. The view is worth every aching step. (Nothing a fantastic massage can’t solve later on!) .
Our next stop was the “Tomb raider temple” Ta Prohm ; A battle between architecture and nature in Cambodia. Swallowed by jungles, Ta Prohm is a buddhist temple dedicated to the mother of Jayavarman the seventh.Bound by massive roots of humongous trees, this is certainly a must visit.
Similar to Ta Prohm, but on a lesser scale lies Ta Nei, in much rougher shape than the rest.
Take a walk to the Elephant Terrace where the Angkor rulers viewed their returning armies and visit the Bayon Temple, built to represent Mount Meru and known for the mysterious faces on its many towers.
Don’t forget to include an Apsara dance along with your dinner during your visit to Cambodia. As depicted on the Angkor walls, these women with shimmering silk tunics and coy smiles will perform a graceful ancient art of the apsara dance.
So as you can see, Siem Reap is a city filled with fun, adventure, culture, history and some amazing people by the way!
Next up : Battambang !