Backwards Bucket List: This Place is Amazing!

13 Mar

Walking the halls of Ankgor WatAs I mentioned in my last backward bucket list post, I love reading bucket lists. And I’ve noticed this destination on several lists. There is a reason….It is AMAZING!

Angkor

Sunrise at Angkor Wat Cambodia

Angkor Wat at sunrise

You may have seen impressive photos of Angkor Wat and they are incredible, making the entire area a UNESCO World Heritage Site .

The temples or “wats” are scattered over many miles and seeing all of it would take days. Since the sights are so far apart, you have to hire someone to drive you to them. Most people hire a tuk-tuk.

Tuk-tuks in Cambodia

Tuk-tuks

But because of the heat, we decided we needed air conditioning for the kids and found a driver who had a van. He charged us $35 for the whole day…sun up to sun down.

Family on Motorcycle Angkor Wat Cambodia

And if you decide not to hire a tuk-tuk, you can always do like this family and pile onto a motorcycle.

We woke up at 4:00 a.m. to see the sunrise. I didn’t think there’d be too many crazy people like us who would want to to wake up that early. Boy, was I wrong!  There were hundreds of crazies with us….

Crowds viewing the sunrise over Angkor Wat

This place has been discovered by tourists. That's for sure!

Hinduism and Buddhism played major roles in the creation of the temples.

Hindu dieties at Angkor

Hinduism is especially prominent in the carvings seen throughout.

Angkor Wat gets all the glory, but the city of Angkor Thom is just as impressive with its Bayon temple full of faces.

Bayon Temple in Angkor Thom

Bayon Temple in Angkor Thom. From this distance, you can barely make out the faces on top.

Face of Bayon in Angkor Thom

On closer inspection, every tower has carved faces on each side.

View atop the Royal Palace in Angkor Thom

View atop the Royal Palace in Angkor Thom

The complex of Ta Prohm was selected to remain covered in vegetation, showing us what most of Angkor looked like when it was discovered.

Ta Prohm Cambodia

Ta Prohm

Angkor is unlike any place I’ve been. That’s why it has to be a destination on my Backward Bucket List. If you’d like more information on Angkor Wat, I recommend this video by National Geographic.

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4 Responses to “Backwards Bucket List: This Place is Amazing!”

  1. Roopaushree March 13, 2012 at 9:01 am #

    truly amazing..great shots.

  2. redeyefamily March 13, 2012 at 5:43 pm #

    Thank you. It is a great place!

  3. Jenna March 14, 2012 at 7:59 am #

    So, in school I see your kids writting a story that sounds like:

    Plants adapt to all kinds of ecosyystems. In Ankgkor Wat, massive trees can thrive among the historic stone carvings.

    Another amazing adventure!

  4. redeyefamily March 15, 2012 at 3:27 pm #

    I can only hope that they would sound so academic!

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