The last two weeks I explored a small part of southeast and eastern Asia with great friends from college. We had an amazing time! I came home with wonderful memories and 1200+ photos.
I only posted a fraction of what I could have on Instagram while were traveling. So, I'm excited to share more highlights with you on the blog!
Cambodia Part One:
Angkor Wat Temples
Abby and I started our travels in Cambodia with a trip to Siem Reap, a city in northern Cambodia where the Angkor Wat temples are located. We debated whether to wake up early to see the sunrise over the Angkor Wat temples, but I think we both agreed that despite the crowds, getting up before the sun was worth it.
Angkor Wat, a UNESCO world heritage site, is the largest religious monument in the world. The area around the iconic temple of Angkor is surrounded by more than fifty other temples. Angkor Wat was originally built as a Hindu temple for the Khmer Empire, but it was gradually transformed into a place for Buddhist worship. Symbols and designs from Hinduism and Buddhism are carved in the temple walls.
After eating breakfast by the water overlooking Angkor Wat, we went to the temple of carved stone faces. The Bayon Temple, the last temple built in the Angkor temple complex, is a shrine dedicated to Buddha.
Ta Prohm, the temple is where the movie Tomb Raider was filmed, was probably our favorite. In many parts of Ta Prohm the jungle trees have overtaken the stonework giving it a somewhat magical feel.
After walking around the biggest and most famous temples our feet were tired, but we wanted to see one more. Out last stop was Kravan, a smaller, symmetrical temple made of reddish orange brick.
The temple complex is vast, we could have explored for days. If you ever go, make sure to give yourself one to two days, and definitely see the sunrise!