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Angkor Wat

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  • Angkor WatPro 2014
    Travis Katz
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    5 Jul 01, 2014

    One of the most magical and mysterious sites on the planet. Imagine a complex of temples and pyramids, going on for miles in all directions, covered with ornate carvings. Some perfectly restored, others being swallowed back into the jungle. You could spend days here and never see everything. I found it more impressive than the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt. A must see!

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    Kate Bagoy
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    5 May 19, 2014

    Absolutely glorious, spiritual monument. Take a guide to walk you through the carvings and incredible storytelling of the artwork.

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    Wana Ursiripant
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    5 Apr 08, 2014

    Here is MUST place in the world to travel. It's really great to visit. The outer wall surrounding the castle is longer than 800 meters. It also offers up to 1,635 sculptured goddess all angels costumes and hairstyles do not repeat.

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  • Angkor WatPro 2014
    Sara Benson
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    5 Mar 08, 2014

    I've been to over 30 countries, and spent years of my life living and traveling in Asia, and Angkor Wat is the most spectacular ancient site I've ever been to. It's surreal, with the large-format sculptures, narrow corridors and twisted tree branches growing around, into and out of the rocks. You have to go twice, at both sunrise and sunset to really appreciate it. If you can, hire a local motorbike guide to take you to even more remote ruins in the surrounding area, too (though watch out for your personal safety, of course). A totally amazing place, no lie.

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    Maybe Dawn
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    5 Oct 29, 2013

    Majestic and exceptionally atmospheric in the pink-hued glow of daybreak, despite the crowds. Make sure you hook up with a licensed guide and set aside at least four hours to explore the temple complex.

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    Baxter Jackson
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    5 Mar 08, 2014

    Loved the place but I am an old school fan of Indiana Jones (and Lara Croft ain't too hard on the eyes either). My personal fav site wasn't Angkor Watt itself but Ta Prom - the place where it looks like the tree roots are the tentacles of a giant squid crushing a hapless 12th century temple. Bayon, with its multiplicity of enormous enigmatic faces was a close second to Ta Prom.

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    Erin K
    5 Oct 24, 2013

    Probably one of the most beautiful ruins I have ever seen. The architecture is absolutely stunning, and you can spend days just wandering around the maze of columns, alters, steps and sculptures. I think reading up about it before hand and then touring it yourself is better than hiring a guide, because you really want to go at your own pace here. Make sure you stick around for sunset as well, when the ruins turn a beautiful gold color.

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  • Angkor WatPro 2014
    Matthew Crompton
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    5 Oct 18, 2013

    Merely very very beautiful, as opposed to completely insanely beautiful, Angkor Wat is usually viewed at sunrise, when the towers of the temple complex stand silhouetted against the blue predawn, just before the warming rainbow of daylight ribbons thru the sky. And though it might be ridiculously crowded with overly-serious photographers jostling for a space to set their tripods, it’s also the best sunrise at Angkor, popular for a reason. One of the best-restored temples in the complex, and also one of the largest; it may not be my very favorite (you are, after all, spoiled for choice), but it’s still stunning.

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  • Angkor WatPro 2014
    Juno Kim
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    5 Oct 16, 2013

    Angkor Wat was as amazing as what people said. I went to Angkor Wat because I wanted to feel something different and see something 'amazing'. I was having a hard time back then. You can purchase several kinds of entrance tickets, and I recommend you to buy a week long, three time entrance ticket, if you want to go there more than one times. Trust me, after one full day of exploring, you will need some resting time. Not just Angkor Wat, the whole archeology park has a lot of hidden gem. Rent a bike to explore. The best way!

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  • Angkor WatPro 2014
    Harold Smith-Franzen (@smithfranzen)
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    5 Oct 15, 2013

    This is the temple that most people have in mind when they think of Angkor. It is definitely a highlight of the area and a must see. Take time to linger here and look at the bas reliefs. If possible, read up a bit in advance so that you understand the symbolism. A good spot to visit more than once so that you see it in different light and get a chance to really process it. Unfortunately, the temple can be completely overrun with tourists. Talk to your guide and see if he / she can recommend an off peak time to visit. Might be worth going early / late or when the heat of the day is at its peak.

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    Michael Nolan
    4 Jun 17, 2014

    Very impressive temple ruins. One of a larger complex, but the most famous, and namesake. Biggest negative would be all the tourists (although, being a tourist, I have no ground to stand on I suppose).

    I'd say hire a guide, but only if you are into the history - otherwise doing it yourself is fine.

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  • Angkor WatPro 2014
    Frances Nguyen
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    4 Aug 28, 2013

    Angkor Wat is impressive and one of the major highlights in visiting Southeast Asia (it's definitely the biggest highlight in Cambodia). I would advise spending at least 2 full days here, and preferably, stay here for 3 days. I make the mistake of spending 1.5 days around the temples and towards the end, I got "templed out." Angkor Wat really demands that much of your time since it's so huge and vast.

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  • Angkor WatPro 2014
    Stephen Bugno
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    5 Aug 28, 2013

    What can you say? Simply put,Angkor Wat is one of the top sights in the world. Take two of three days minimum to see the temples at Angkor which are spread out over a huge area.

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    Margaret Nguyen
    5 Jul 17, 2013

    Of all the temples in Angkor, this is the most famous by far. Stroll the grounds and take in the stone murals as they tell their stories. Marvel at all the lotus in blooms in the waters around the temple. This will be the busiest spot by far, so don't forget to see the other temples in Angkor. Be wary of the children selling trinkets, they can be pretty persistent, but I'll admit that I couldn't help myself when one of the little girls started rattling off all of the U.S. States and capitals!

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    Evan Roth-Howe
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    5 Jul 12, 2013

    The Angkor temples are simply stunning. The massive structures embroidered with delicate rock carvings telling stories from the Ramayana and other Hindu texts will undoubtedly be a highlight of your trip to Cambodia. If you have the time, get the 3-day pass so you can take your time and soak it all in. If you don't want a guide, just buy a guidebook in Siem Reap and rent bicycles.

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    Lindsey Weber
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    5 Mar 08, 2014

    This is the site of beautiful ancient Buddhist temples--you can visit for days and still not see everything. Hit the big temple for sure and check the guides if you want to see the temples where the first Tomb Raider movie was filmed. You can also ride by elephant to some of the smaller temples--do it! It's amazing!

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    Molly
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    5 May 12, 2013

    I'm utterly biased (with absolute no care for being so) when I say this is the most magical, mystical, and beautiful place I've ever visited. It's the epitome of the country of my blood and pride, the place my ancestors have seen and associated with... Seeing Angkor Wat in person was like being transported through hundreds of years of history. The feeling of being on the sacred grounds of my people is indescribable. I will never forget my experience here. By and by I am a proud American, but it is a completely different world being in the land of your blood. Absolutely beautiful.

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    Jackie K
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    4 May 05, 2013

    It's gorgeous. I enjoyed the peacefulness this place given to me. Also, you cannot miss the sun rise scenery which is so beautiful.

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    Elen Petrova
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    5 Mar 13, 2013

    The temple Angkor Vat located on the southern border of ancient Angkor, is its main sight. Constructed at the time of board of king Suryavarman II (1112-1152) and devoted to Hindu god Vishnu, Angkor Vat represents the largest religious construction in the world. It is a huge monument which occupies rectangular area in 210 hectares, surrounded 5,5 – a kilometer wall which is surrounded with a ditch 200 meters wide.
    From gate to the temple quite long wide way paved on an embankments, rising over the earth almost on one and a half meter conducts. When approaching to the temple the road passes between two artificial ponds which during a dry season sometimes dry. The temple represents rather difficult three-level design with a set of ladders and transitions. Crown the temple five towers - one in the center and four at the edges of a roof. Height of the central tower which is significantly higher than the others, makes 42 m. Over the earth it towers on 65 m. This tower symbolizes the mythical mountain the Measure (Meru) which according to Hindu mythology is the center of the whole world.
    Bayon's temple. Bayon represents the three-level building, with a size of basis of 140 m by 160 m. Bayon's central tower rises by height of 45 m over the earth. Except it Bayon is decorated by 52 more square towers, and on each party of all these towers the face Avalokiteshvara is represented.

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    Yuki Zhang
    5 Feb 19, 2013

    the wonder itself. truly is a miracle. huge and exquisite. i always wonder why the cambodians wont issue a comic book imprinted with those reliefs. i do spend several hours just to look at the reliefs on outer corridor, let alone the whole thing. each apsara has different hair jews and styles. talking about the works...

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Lara Croft, Angelina Jolie's character in Tomb Raider, may have put Cambodia and the Khmer temple on the map a few years ago, but the temple has been a favorite of backpackers and architecture fans for decades. Built in the 12th century for the king Suryavarman II as his state temple and part of his capital city, the site is Cambodia's top attraction. It even features prominently on the nation's ... read more
flag. In some parts, trees have started growing over the structures but the beauty of the complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, still makes it a Southeast Asian must-see.

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