If You Were the Tomb Raider in Angkor Wat

12Jun16
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Bayon, Siem Reap, Cambodia

There are a few things that travel guide books, blogs and friends’ personal stories had forgotten to mention to me about visiting Angkor Wat temples in Cambodia. If you end up in that part of the world, you should be aware of the following:

  1. It is (nearly twice) cheaper to get a tourist visa for Cambodia once one lands in the  country than obtaining it ahead of time through the Cambodian embassy.

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    Leper King Terrace, Siem Reap, Cambodia

  2. American dollars are well accepted, ATM machines dispense them too, but the prices, despite haggling, also seem to be quite westernized in Siem Reap.
  3. Regardless of where one stays, dust is everywhere, and it is very easy to get congested.

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    Southern Gate of Angkor Thom, Siem Reap, Cambodia

  4. Sunrise over Angkor Wat is pretty, but unfortunately it left me disappointed because I expected a more dramatic sight as I have seen with sunsets around the world. Therefore, if you are not a morning person, you can skip the 4.30 am wake-up call.

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    Lotus Flowers at Sunrise in Angkor Wat, Cambodia

  5. Despite everything that you might have heard about Cambodia, nothing will truly prepare you for the stunning, nearly indescribable beauty of Khmer temples engulfed in jungle. They have endured the forces of nature, time, pillage and conflict. Just as human faith, they have remained deeply rooted in spirituality. It is in these awe moments that one will ask oneself how cool it would have been to be Lara Croft, and to reenact a movie scene where the natural setting already allows one to do so.

 

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