As 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!
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.
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.
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….
Hinduism and Buddhism played major roles in the creation of the temples.
Angkor Wat gets all the glory, but the city of Angkor Thom is just as impressive with its Bayon temple full of faces.
The complex of Ta Prohm was selected to remain covered in vegetation, showing us what most of Angkor looked like when it was discovered.
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.