Cambodia – Angkor Wat
Why should you have seen the Angkor Wat?
Who doesn’t know the jungle book? The book has shaped a generation and probably has some of the scenes that could very well have taken place in Ankor Wat. The temple complex has been very much reclaimed by nature. There are great scenes here that show what happens when no one puts nature in its place for a few centuries. This is really about a past culture that was one of the most important civilizations in the region for several centuries. The buildings are still very impressive today and show what possibilities even in this time prevailed when it came to build great temples and cultivation facilities.
The visit takes you back to an age that you can experience first hand here in this region. Angkor Wat is not only worth a visit because of the feeling – on the photos you can shoot here are probably unique.
File of Ankor Wat
Name: Angkor, Angkor Wat
Area: 202 km²
Establishment of Ankor Wat
The story about Ankor Wat is a longer one. The origin can be postdated to about the 9th century AD. The story lasts about 600 years and then end in the 15th century AD. The region is historically known as Kambuja and describes an advanced civilization that developed in this region from the 9th to the 15th century. Also known are the local settlers under the name Khmer. Here in Europe you probably know mainly the Khmer curry which conjures a great taste in our palate by a unique spice mixture. In the region, however, have been settled earlier people – here distinguishes the history with the different ages Funan, Chenla, Suryavarman II, Jayavarman VII in each of these eras were created great buildings. Jayavarman VII was responsible for the construction of Angkor Thom and Suryavarman II was responsible for Angkor Wat.
Since this history is not explained in a few species paragraphs and I don’t want to go into further detail here you are welcome to delve deeper into the history of the region via Wikipedia.
What is there to discover in the temple complexes of Angkor?
The temple complexes of Angkor Wat are probably one of the most important places to visit when in Cambodia. Angkor Wat is a whole temple complex consisting of various temples. Here you should definitely take a few days to explore the complex. The temple complexes around Angkor Wat include some great temples and buildings which you must have seen. Many of these temples are already very overgrown and overgrown with various jungle plants. This fact makes the complexes an ideal photo motif.
The most important structures Around Angkor include the following buildings and structures:
- Angkor Thom
- Angkor Wat
- Baksei Chamkrong
- Banteay Kdei
- Banteay Samré
- Banteay. Srei
- Chau Say Tevoda
- Krol Ko
- Neak Pean
- eastern Mebon
- eastern Baray
- Phnom Bakheng
- Phnom Krom
- Prasat Kravan
- Prasat Suor Prat
- Pre Rup
- Preah Khan
- Preah Ko
- Preah Palilay
- Spean Thma
- Srah Srang
- Ta Prohm
- Ta Som
- Ta Keo
- Terrace of the Elephants
- Terrace of the Leper- King
- western Mebon and western Baray
All these plants and buildings to visit takes about 3 days. It is also important here that you bring a good basic fitness because it is generally very humid and humid in Angkor. If you don’t have a good fitness level, you might have a circulatory collapse. The danger of a collapse is unfortunately not invented. When I walked through the grounds of Angkor, I saw some people who were totally exhausted lying on the side of the road in the shade. Of course these were supplied by the TuckTuck drivers – but nevertheless that is a situation into which one would not like to get necessarily.
If one wanders the whole day so by the plants becomes one first clear like gigantic the whole area is. Combined with the TuckTuck rides through the area, it becomes clear that you have arrived in a different region or time. There are great buildings that have been almost completely taken over by nature – there are parts that are on the verge of collapse and are therefore prohibited to enter. But there is also simply the nature that you can admire here. Great trees – huge trees rise into the sky – in between thick bushes with great plants that are really alone also already an eye-catcher.
Protection against mosquitoes – a must during a visit
Due to the jungle, the humidity is of course enormously high and the heat almost accumulates between the structures and the dense vegetation.Important: You should definitely protect yourself from mosquitoes if you want to walk through the jungle here. Here I have made the experience that the agent “NoBite” is really the best. It is not cheap but it helps – and I think on trips it is already important to be properly protected here. “NoBite” There is also still for the clothes!
Watch out for the monkeys!
When you arrive in Angkor, you don’t immediately see at first glance how much life there is in this region – it’s only at second glance that you realize that this is really the place to be. Whole gangs of monkeys make the jungle in Angkor unsafe. Achtung: One should of course with respect the monkeys opposite step – as also in the other article Langkawi mentioned it can often come to misunderstandings between animal and man. It should be clear that one does not wander with food by the jungle or by the temple plants around here not the Ungust of the monkeys on itself to pull.
Exploring Angkor by TuckTuck
TuckTuck ride through Ankor
I chose to sightsee by TuckTuck at the time because I just wasn’t sure if I wanted to do the trip to myself by foot or by bicycle. When I arrived in Cambodia the temperature was about 30 degrees and it rained every 3 days. This also meant that the humidity was correspondingly high.
As Europeans are it rather the humidity than the temperature with which one has to fight. As soon as one freshly showered from the air-conditioned hotel room comes one immediately again the sweating starts and is within few minutes again well sweated through. The prices for the TuckTuck tour through Angkor were also very reasonable. I have paid here for a driver including fuel and pickup from the hotel $25. Here I booked but still the Sunset Tour – means the driver already at 4.30 with me before the hotel on me has waited.
Ticket and entrance
What there is to note at Angkor, which I also did not know at first is that costs are also due again when driving through the region. When I was in Angkor at that time the prices were 20 dollars per person for a day ticket. Since 01.02.2017, however, the prices have been raised to $ 37 per person. Of course, it is still cheap compared to European sights for such a day tour – but as a tourist you already feel a bit exploited in Siem Reap and Angkor.
Another point where one simply notices the Cambodia noticed that with tourism much money is to be earned, is probably the senseless visa with the entry. Here one is led after the landing approach directly to a counter where one must buy a visa. The cost of the visa is on-site with photo 30$ dollars and without photo 34$ dollars – but you only get a receipt for the 30$ dollars – what is done with the other 4 dollars is probably left to the “officials”. Of course, you can also apply for the visa online, but the costs remain at least the same or are even higher. But what does one not do everything for a country around the economic upswing as a tourist to promote…
Arrival to Ankor
Getting to Siem Reap or Angkor does not turn out to be that easy. Direct flights out of Europe are rare or non-existent and – if there is one – cost a lot of money. At that time I decided to travel via Bangkok. Bangkok is a good hub for travelers who want to explore Asia from Europe. The flights to Bangkok are already available for 300 – 400 euros from all German airports. From Bangkok, you then have the option to fly on with one of the Asian airlines. Air Asia is here a super possibility very favorably from A-B to come. Here there are flights that are already from 35 dollars to have. Wichtig is here: Please take into account that the luggage surcharge. Were with me, however, per flight always only 9$ dollars but please remember!