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Angkor Wat....amazing heritage wonderland !

Published January 9th, 2012

Simply an awesome place to visit...at least once in your lifetime! It was my 1st trip with my family but what I heard from friends and relatives were not encouraging - "lots of temples, nothing much to do, lots of climbing, not for kids,..." I stuck to my wanderlust instinct and never regretted my decision.

1) To sum up my feeling of the UNESCO World Heritage Site - "Wow !" .

2) To get the most of Angkor Wat or a trip to Siem Reap - "Get a reliable tour guide" Try Mr. Sowanna Yun from www.cambodianguide.com .

3) Minimum number of days to cover the temples before you get confused & tired - 3 days.

4) Most useful currency in Siem Reap / denomination - USD and USD1

5) Recommended transport in Siem Reap (short distance) - tuk tuk

6) Very important: "Don't lose your temple pass" (it has your face on it & non-transferable).

7) Best months to visit - "Dec -Feb" cool, relatively dry.

8) How to enjoy temples better - "Google for info & read Tripadvisor"

9) Best place to chill out after Angkor Wat visit - "Pub Street. Local beer at USD50 cents/mug"

10) For a rounded trip- "Do a little humanitarian trip - some donation (rice, toothbrushes, etc) to an accredited orphanage off the beaten track.

I could go on and on, but it all converge on one wise advice - Visit Angkor Wat...sooner than later.

Dawn at Angkor Wat.

Dawn of a new day at Angkor Wat. This is the most popular angle of Angkor Wat. This pix involves waking up early at 530am. It just a short 15min drive from the Siem Reap town centre. My trusty guide, Sowanna Yun, was able to drive me close to the shooting spot, where i set up my tripod and await the arrival of the sun...before the arrival of busloads of other visitors.

  • December 9th, 2011
  • Canon PowerShot G12
  • 8.9mm / f/3.2 / 3/5 sec

Sunset at Phnom Bakheng

Sunset at Phnom Bakheng...feel nature whispers on the horizon. This is a popular sunset viewing location. As always, go early to get the "seats". Orientate with compass or check with guide where the sun is setting. Lasted just 10-15min.

  • December 9th, 2011
  • Canon PowerShot G12
  • 6.1mm / f/4 / 1/2500 sec

Shrine at Banteay Kdei...

Shrine at Banteay Kdei...A really colourful shrine at this temple. Couldn't resist ground-up shot to capture the colours of religious banners...

  • December 9th, 2011
  • Canon PowerShot G12
  • 6.1mm / f/2.8 / 1/30 sec

The power of nature @ Ta Prohm temple

Nature takes over Man creation at Ta Prohm....Amazing temple with overgrown tree roots. A must-see-must-shoot location in Angkor Wat. Feel the power of Nature.

  • December 9th, 2011
  • Canon PowerShot G12
  • 10.8mm / f/3.2 / 1/800 sec

Resident nun at Angkor Wat

Resident nun at Angkor Wat. A sprightly aged nun taking care of the deities at Ta Phrom. She also gave out Cambodian version of Horoscope of the day. A small alm is appreciated.

  • December 9th, 2011
  • Canon PowerShot G12
  • 6.1mm / f/2.8 / 1/80 sec
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Bayon Temple.

Bayon Temple.....beyond exotic...
Amazing faces of Buddha carved into the temple. Certainly "The Face" of Angkor Wat. Pardon the pun.....

  • December 8th, 2011
  • Canon PowerShot G12
  • 6.1mm / f/3.5 / 1/400 sec
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Every carving on the wall tells a story....

Every carving on the wall tells a story....Having a guide brings to life to the carving on wall. Stories of conquests, of national rivalries, wars, love, life.....

  • December 8th, 2011
  • Canon PowerShot G12
  • 6.1mm / f/2.8 / 1/500 sec
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Angkor Thom Moat

Angkor Thom Moat -served a protective function for the palace in the ancient time. The crocodiles are gone...but the beauty is still there.

  • December 8th, 2011
  • Canon PowerShot G12
  • 6.1mm / f/7.1 / 1/160 sec

The arrival of a new day at Angkor Wat

The arrival of a new day at Angkor Wat After the blue dawn skies, the warming Sun takes over. Don't keep that camera, remove that tripod,yet...the main actor just arrived.

  • December 9th, 2011
  • Canon PowerShot G12
  • 9.8mm / f/7.1 / 1/500 sec

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Jensenchua
Jensen Chua  over 5 years ago

Great decision, Neil :) just watch out for the monsoon & flooding seasons...

Peely22
Neil Bryars  over 5 years ago

Very Nice. We went to Bangkok and South a few weeks ago; now want to go Bangkok for longer, and north!