For many people, Angkor Wat alone justifies a trip to Southeast Asia. Like many sites in the Angkor Archeological Park, this breathtaking temple dates to the 12th century, with its unique west-facing orientation indicating that it was intended as a mausoleum for its creator, Suryavarman II.
Angkor Wat’s colossal size reflects its ambition: this was intended as no less than a microcosm of the universe. Nonetheless it’s difficult to get lost here, with the complex arranged on three tiers and the instantly recognizable 5 inner and 4 outer towers of the raised central temple serving as orientation points. And they make a particularly majestic sight reflected in the nearby water basin.
Every surface in this well-preserved complex is covered with intricate carvings reflecting Hindu cosmology and the Khmers’ military triumphs. Elegant colonnades, the charming free-standing libraries on high pedestals and various tucked-away corners where the jungle threatens to reassert its might are all places to get away from the inevitable crowds.
You'll be pretty tired after this tour. Lots of climbing, but how many people get to go to the top of Angkor Wat temple? All the photo spots covered. Good meal included.
This was a second day of the Angkor tour and a different tour operator than the one I had a day before..... What a difference!!!! Dee, my tour guide, made this a much more fun and informative tour than the private tour I had the day before... This just proves that the more expense tours don't necessarily give better tours... I recommend this tour and hopefully Dee will be your guide.....
It was very professional and well run. We were the only people booked on this particular day so it ended up being a private tour anyway. The guide was fantastic and the driver was always ready and awaiting, even with cold drinks for us.
Angkor Wat is Cambodia’s most popular attraction. It is located almost 4 miles (6 kilometers) north of Siem Reap. Save your walking for the temples and take a tuk-tuk from town.