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Day Visit To Angkor Wat - Hot January Day!

Our Day Visit only Covered Angkor Wat & Ta Prom.

sunny -31 °C

Cambodia was not on our travel plans as over the years' we had visited many Asian destinations. It was our lucky day when our local Orchid Society decided to arrange a trip to Chiang Mai, Thailand to view the February Flower Festival, and then fly to Bangkok where we buy orchids to import into Australia.

Like earlier trips with the Society the destinations expanded to include Kuala Lumpur, Siem Reap, Cambodia, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, and Bangkok Thailand.

Our 3 night stay in Siem Reap was excellent!. Naturally our day visit to Angkor Wat was the highlight, however Siem Reap offers much for the tourist, including excellent restaurants and nightlife.

Our 2nd day was set aside to visit the Angkor Wat complex, only a 15 minute drive from our hotel. We had arranged an airconditioned bus with driver and local guide, including plenty of bottled water. The tour did not include lunch , however at lunch time we returned to the bus and our guide took us to an excellent local restaurant with brilliant food and airconditioning.

An hour for lunch and we were refreshed to return to the Angkor Wat complex. Angkor Historical Park extends over 400km, is so extensive and spread out that many tourists spend 3 to 7 days and only visit some of the temples. We were exhausted after one day and none of our group returned the following day.

The Angkor Wat portion of the Park was constructed between the years 1113 and 1150, and covers an area of 162 hectares - A massive achievement! The Angkor Wat temple covers an area of 400 square metres.

All in All - a must visit destination!

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Admission Ticket Office - 3 Day Visit

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Admission Ticket Office - 1 Day Visit

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This Photo shows the process of issuing visitors with "Angkor Wat" Passports, including your photo.

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Our Guide & Tour Bus.

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Map - Angkor Archaelogical Park is Spread Over Many Kilometres

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Moat that Surrounds the Complex

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Walking to the Complex

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Monkeys

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First Sighting of a Building within Angkor Wat Complex

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Restoration in Progress

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Overhead Archway

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Decending Uneven Steps - Caution Required!

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Partial Sighting of Angkor Wat Building

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Monkeys - can be friendly - beware

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Angkor Wat - Still Some Distance Away - more to see before arriving A.W.

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Steps Everywhere. Arriving at Another Restored Building

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Wall Carvings - Excellent!

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More Wall Decoration

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Wall Decoration - Inside & Outside Walls of Most Buildings have Numerous Decoration.

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Roof Decoration - On Most Buildings

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Moving From One Building to Next - Always Many Steps to Climb

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Have Your Photo Taken With Locals - $$

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Climbing Angkor Wat - Very Steep Stairs. These were the only stairs I saw that had safety rails.

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Crowded Streets - Large Tour Groups

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Magnificent Roof Carvings

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Next Building - More Crowds & Only Mid Morning

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Moved On to another Building - Less Crowded

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A Small Temple Set Up by Locals Within A minor Building

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Market Stalls - Most of our group had a quick browse - but too exhausted to buy!

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Off to lunch now, then return refreshed to visit Ta Prohm - (remember the movie "Tomb Raiders). Ta Prohm will be covered in a separate blog..

Posted by Mikebb 01:28 Archived in Cambodia

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Looks amazing, but SO crowded! Still, I would love to visit one day

by ToonSarah

Absolutely beautiful. I loved all the hats! Couldn't believe the fellow climbing around in flip flops. Very interesting. Looking forward to the next installment.

by Beausoleil

Hi Sarah, Thanks for visiting. If you visit make certain it is not during the "Rainy Season".

by Mikebb

Hi Sally, Thanks for visiting, the guy in flip flops is in our group, he worked as a school teacher for many years in Papua New Guinea,located just north of Australia.

by Mikebb

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