Monday 28th March – Thursday 31st March
Miles over two days: 52
Angkor Wat is a collection of temples that make up the largest religious complex in the world, and it represents the pinnacle of the ancient Khmer civilisation. It is so important to Cambodian people that it is featured on their flag. You might say that it’s a pretty big deal!
After a day’s rest we spent two quite intense days exploring the temples, with another day off afterwards – it was quite hard work cycling and walking in the heat.
We visited a lot of temples and took a lot of photos. Here’s the highlights…
Angkor Wat is the biggest and most well-preserved temple.
Next we moved onto the Bayon Temple, which was one of my favourites. It was crowded with shambolic towers, each bearing a giant face. Walking through the ruined passages and doorways felt like being in a maze.
Another one of my favourites – Ta Som Temple. The older temples felt like true ruins, with collapsing structures and scattered stone everywhere. I loved that nobody had tried to clear the temples up too much. They seemed to be left as they’d been found as much as possible.
Ta Prohm (apparently used as a set for Tomb Raider). The trees in this temple were amazing! Ta Prohm has been left in the jungle, and we walked around the temple to the throbbing sounds of the birds and the bugs.