Angkor Wat, Cambodia Tourist Attractions and Travel

A Word of Warning: Though Cambodia is now more peaceful than at any time in the last 30 years, visitors should still exercise caution - particularly in the capital. Confine tourism activities to the daytime, since the dimly-lit streets can be dangerous at night. In the more rural areas, stick to well-established pathways (or better yet, travel with a qualified guide), since there are still countless landmines left over from the war years. Hazards aside though, a little prudence is all that's required to enjoy a safe and happy holiday in this remarkable country.

 Angkor Wat, Cambodia Tourist Attractions

 

The great temples of Angkor Wat are situated in the province of Siem Reap. This area is considered the biggest temple complex of the world and revealed itself after being hidden in the Jungle for many years.

 

The whole area is about 400 km² that also includes the surrounding forest, so you will need good shoes to make it around that area by feet. Kona Coast

 

Never the less you can also visit the temple complex with a "remorque" motorbike which is a small motorbike where you can sit side by side in two behind the driver. This is a great way to visit the area as it is very cheap and the driver can tell you much about the Angkor Wat Travel temples and history. Taxi are available too, as well as motor and bikes for rent. For those who love to see from the top, you can rent an hot air balloon, or even an helicopter.

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Angkor Wat attractions

There are two ways to visit this area and still see the main attractions, the little circuit and the big circuit. The little circuit is 17 km and brings you to the main temples of Angkor. Angkor Wat Travel The big circuit takes 26 km and is an extension of the little one but continues on east side of the area.

 

To visit Angkor you have to pay quite a high entry fee, you have choice of three different passes which you can buy at the entrance boot. A one-day pass cost US 20 dollar, a three-day pass cost US 40 dollar and a one-week pass cost US 60 dollar. Remember to Cambodia Tourist Attractions have a photo with you if you desire to buy a pass for more than one day.

 

There are more than a 100 temples in the whole area, more than you can see on your Angkor Wat Attractions visit but the most famous ones you will discover during both circuits trough the temple area.

 

Angkor Wat(or Angkor Vat)

 

This temple is 1,5 km² x 1,3km and built by Suryavarman ІІ and is considered the biggest Asian pyramid. It is 65m high and divided in several layers. The central part has on the four corners four towers in the shape of a lotus flower. This temple is the largest and most breathtaking temple of the whole complex. The most famous decorations of Angkor are the heavenly nymphs (Apsara), there are more of 300, each one is unique and in total we can group them in 30 different styles. The central temple complex is an 800 meters long bas-reliefs, includes the Battle of Kurukshetra, the Army of Suryavarman II, Heaven and Hell, Churning of the Ocean of Milk, Elephant Gate, Vishnu Conquers the Demons, Khrisna and the demon King, Battle of the Gods and the Demons and the Battle of Lanka.

 

Banteay Srei

 

This temple lays quite far from the rest but absolutely worthy to visit. The soft colors of the sand stones and the beautiful reliefs make this temple a typical example for the Khmer culture. Angkor Wat Attractions This temple is dedicated to Shiva, its'  well preserved and most of its declarations are 3D, including delicates women carrying lotus flowers, and epic scenes. This Angkor Wat Tourism temple is 21 km far from Bayon and about 35 km from Siem Reap. It's worth a visit.

 

Each temple would deserve a whole book, or an encyclopedia, but this goes fa beyond the purpose of this site, that is only to stimulate your curiosity? Did we do it?

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Angkor Wat, Cambodia Tourist Attractions

 

Ta Prohm

 

Still covered by the jungle this place is exactly left as they found it. The Ta Prohm is not only a possibility to imagine how the whole temple complex looked like when re-discovered in XIX century The trees swallowed the temple and nature takes back its space, and it has been left like this.  Don't miss this astonishing mix of nature vs humans. The charm of this temple is, you don't know where (or when) the nature finish and the human work starts or vice versa. Amazing!

 

Elephant Terrace

 

A 350 m long terrace of elephants. It was used as a giant viewing stand during public ceremonies, royal ceremonies and so on. Many lions decorate this enormous path. Angkor Wat Tourism Now it's surrounded by the green and very relaxing, but try and close your eyes, imagine thousands of peoples on it, then the army, the king,the music, the dance. Daydreamers will have tough time to leave this place.

 

The Bayon

 

Built by Jayavarman VII the temple stands in the center of Angkor Thom. With its 54 towers and 216 faces of Avalokiteshvara, this temple looks best in the morning just after sunrise or at the end of the afternoon as the sun shines on the faces. Its magic is does not appear from a distance, it looks more like a pile of stones. But coming close to the temple the faces start to appear and reveal its magic on you. The temple was built on 3 levels:the first 2 are rectangular, while the 3rd is circular. The Bayon has over 1.3 Km of bas-reliefs corresponding to more than 11.000 figures. Most of them depict every day's life scene of the Cambodia in the XII century. Inside the Angkor Wat Travel Bayon, we suggest you to visit The Cambodia Tourist Attractions Cams of the Run, Linga worship, A Naval Battle, The Chams vanquished, a Military Procession, Civil War, The All-Seing King, Victory Parade, The Circus comes to Town, land of Plenty, The Chams retreat, The Chams Sack Angkor and the Chams Enter Angkor.

 

Note: Currently, all foreign visitors can obtain the Cambodia visa upon arrival at the following checkpoints: Phnom Penh International Airport; Siem Reap International Airport, Cambodia-Vietnam border checkpoints at Bavet International Checkpoint and Kha Orm Sam Nor International Checkpoint (Chau Duc town on the Mekhong River, Vietnam); Angkor Wat Attractions Cambodia-Thailand border checkpoints at Cham Yeam International Checkpoint (Hat Lek - Koh Kong), Poi Pet International Checkpoint and O'smach International Checkpoint. Please also note that the Vietnamese visa on arrival is not available at the checkpoints mentioned above.



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