#GWAnniversary to Siem Reap – Part 1 at Angkor Wat

A couple of weeks ago, I celebrated my 5th year wedding anniversary with Hubby and we went on a short weekend trip to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Here’s Part 1 of the post where we visited Angkor Wat, the highlight of our trip here.

Angkor Wat, Siem Reap. Cambodia
Heading towards Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat, Siem Reap. Cambodia
Entrance to Angkor Wat

Located six kilometre north of Siem Reap, Angkor Wat is one of the largest of Khmer monuments. Built around the first half of 12th century by King Suryavarman II, the temple’s balance, composition and beauty make it one of the finest monuments in the world.

Though ‘Wat’ is the Khmer (Cambodian) word for temple, the westward orientation of the structure is atypical of temples. Scholars believe that the architecture and sculptures are that of a temple where Lord Vishnu was worshipped but it was also built as a mausoleum for the king after his death.

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Angkor Wat
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There are loads of literature that you can read about Angkor Wat, some of my favourites are here:-

Hubby and I woke up late and didn’t get to meet the Tour Guide for our guided tour of the temples. So, we decided to just take a tuk-tuk and walk though the temple grounds on our own.

Here’s some  pictures of the temple I took with my trusty Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5. Click to enlarge.

Then we got to the crazy steep stairs to head up to the highest level of the temple…

Angkor Wat, Siem Reap
Climbing up the steep stairs
Angkor Wat, Siem Reap
Looking down the wooden stairs

Took me awhile to climb up these stairs, with assistance from Hubby. I have a weird fear of heights, staircase and ledge like these scare me, but looking down from the window of an airplane does not.

We spent over 2.5 hours at the temple. Although it was raining a little, it didn’t ruin our visit.

Our tuk-tuk driver waited for us outside the temple. We were tired and Hubby wanted a drink! We headed to Pub Street (more on that in a new post) and got ourselves some refreshing margaritas and nibbles of nachos.

In case you don’t follow me on Instagram, this one restaurant / bar / hotel has the BEST price of draft beer and margaritas EVER!!!!!

Check back with my next posts about Siem Reap in general, the hotel, the food, Pub Street and more…

Question : How many of you have been to Angkor Wat before? Do you think we should’ve  used a Tour Guide or was it better that we explored ourselves?

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