Contemplations, Southeast Asia

So It Seems I Have A Bucket List : Angkor Wat

April 5, 2012

Vlog #10: Contiki Big Indochina Adventure : Siem Reap, Cambodia

Remember that blog post not long ago about me not having a bucket list? Well, I have revisited that thought and decided: yes I actually do have a bucket list. It’s not a very original one, however it is a pretty epic one.

Thus I present,

Nadine’s 15 Wonders of the World Bucket List

  1. Great Wall of China – China
  2. Macchu Picchu – Peru
  3. Angkor Wat – Cambodia
  4. Taj Mahal - India
  5. Petra- Jordan
  6. Christ the Redeemer –  Brazil
  7. Chichen Itza – Mexico
  8. Colosseum – Italy
  9. Great Pyramid of Giza – Eygpt
  10. Acropolis of Athens – Greece
  11. Hagia Sophia – Turkey
  12. Stonehenge – United Kingdom
  13. Moai, Easter Island – Chile
  14. Neuschwanstein – Germany
  15. Eiffel Tower – France

If you recall, my first “wonder” being The Great Wall of China, followed by Macchu Picchu, and now Angkor Wat; even though some lists differ on whether or not it’s one of the seven.

Angkor Wat

Alright, moving on to todays post, Angkor Wat! I was so excited to see this since I have a thing for engineering marvels and Angkor Wat is definitely one of them. Would you hold it against me if I told you this was what I was looking forward to all Southeast Asia trip? Yup, I am a nerd that watches to much Discovery Channel.

Angkor Wat - Siem Reap, Cambodia

Anyways, I hope you love temples too because we have three to cross off today.

We were up nice and early for sunrise over Angkor Wat.  Although the cloud cover had me worried at the beginning,  we still saw a pretty spectacular sunrise. I attempted to do some kind of time-lapse photography; however, realistically I should not have  tried without a tripod.

Angkor Wat - Siem Reap, Cambodia

Angkor Wat - Siem Reap, Cambodia

After sunrise we got a chance to wonder around Angkor Wat, learn about it’s history, and take some photos.

Angkor Wat - Siem Reap, Cambodia

Angkor Wat - Siem Reap, Cambodia

By the way, when visiting Angkor Wat make sure you wear hard-core temple dress; knees and shoulders cover. Since to get up to the top most part of the temple you have to be covered.  I felt really bad for those people who missed the memo on that, since it was by far the highlight and best view.

Angkor Wat - Siem Reap, Cambodia

Angkor Wat - Siem Reap, Cambodia

Bayon Temple

After a quick breakfast back at the hotel it was onto our next temple, the Bayon Temple. This temple was part of the Angkor Thom City which encompasses several temples from the Angkor Empire, including Angkor Wat as the main.

Angkor Thom - Siem Reap, Cambodia

Angkor Thom - Siem Reap, Cambodia

Angkor Thom - Siem Reap, Cambodia

Bayon temple is mostly famous for all the faces carved in the stone. However, unlike Angkor Wat which is held in such esteem and protected so diligently, it seem quite the opposite here. People were rather disrespectful, they would climb and sit anywhere, touch the carvings and statues, and just yap really loud. Yes it’s a tiny temple in comparisons to Angkor Wat, but still it’s still worth respect.

Angkor Thom - Siem Reap, Cambodia

Ta Prohm Temple

Following the Bayon Temple was the Ta Prohm Temple, my favorite of the three, even more than Angkor Wat!

Ta Prohm - Siem Reap, Cambodia

Ta Prohm - Siem Reap, Cambodia

I absolutely love jungle temples, it’s a photographer’s and videographer’s dream! The lighting with sunset- perfect!

And that is actually exactly what we found there; a group of photographers on some sort of photo shoot. I actually managed to snag a photo of their Buddhist monk models, hehehe.

Ta Prohm - Siem Reap, Cambodia

Ta Prohm - Siem Reap, Cambodia

I seriously could spend all day running around this place; words cannot even describe. Maybe my love for all thing fantasy is why I enjoyed this temple so much. Regardless, hundreds of photos later, and I still wouldn’t be able to capture the true beauty of Ta Prohm.

Ta Prohm - Siem Reap, Cambodia

Ta Prohm - Siem Reap, Cambodia

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5 Comments

  • Reply Nik April 5, 2012 at 6:29 am

    I was attacked by a crazed monkey at Angkor Watt. He was in a bad mood.

  • Reply Alex Criswell April 5, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Well i guess if you are going to make a list, i would have to agree that yours is indeed pretty epic as were those temples you visited! I have only managed to see one of the things on your list, the ruins at Chichen Itza, but i was kind of young when i saw them so i probably didnt get all i could have out of the experience. I havent really made a list of my own but i might just have to steal yours… at least for now lol. Hopefully i can cross some things off my list when im living in Germany this summer :)

  • Reply vclamp April 14, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Definitely check out Rothenburg Germany. :)

  • Reply nkdc October 9, 2012 at 5:37 am

    love the pics. can these 3 temples be done in half a day?

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