It’s hard to capture the sheer expanse of Angkor Wat! It is the largest religious monument in the world at 162 hectares and was built in the 12th century. It was originally a Hindu temple complex, and was converted to a Buddhist complex later on.
We took two days to check out the area, one day by car and the second by tuk-tuk (a mini-motorcycle with a passenger carriage bolted on). Even though Angkor Wat is swamped with tour groups, it is totally worth it! The ancient temples, statues, and ancient architecture are stunning. I could go on and on about it, but it’d be easier if you check out the photos!
We stayed in the nearby town of Siem Reap. When we arrived at our hostel, there wasn’t a soul to be seen. We gave out a holler and awoke our hung over Russian host (it was around 2 in the afternoon), hehe. It was quite a pleasant stay, and we checked out a dinner/Khmer dance show. It was very interesting and the dancers were fantastic. Check out the photo below. After getting our temple fix, we were prepared for our next country – Vietnam!
Photos by Jon Lang
Asia Trip – 2015