"Reflections" Angkor Wat by Hewer
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Angkor Wat is a place that impresses many things upon you as a traveller. The sheer size and scope of everything and the setting in which we find it in is truly humbling. It is impossible to visit Angkor Wat and not be deeply affected on some level by what you are seeing. It will change the way you look at everything.
There is a big sense of anticipation when you get here; everybody is visiting for the same reason and most people are either excited, exhausted or both. I admit that when I travel, I don't always do my homework. I probably move faster through museums and past monuments than I should; I'm probably a bit too hasty sometimes to take a photo, buy a T-Shirt and head to the nearest pub. Rest assured, I did neither at Angkor Wat or Siem Reap.
Some of the big sightseeing icons end up as slight disappointments. How many times have you heard that Venice was too dirty, Kuta is too crowded, the Ayers Rock sunset was no good bla bla bla (all just cynical crap anyway in my opinion) ? I don't think there's an equivalent complaint for Angkor Wat. If you've ever been absolutely captivated by something in your life before, and even if you haven't, then you'll never forget Angkor Wat.
Some monuments and landmarks and other structures make an interesting view from different angles as you approach. Angkor Wat is no exception, however I was carrying a dodgy disposable camera so I have no evidence of any of this (you'll just have to take my word for it).
The comings and goings you observe as you enter the complex add to the anticipation. There were monks, artists, park staff, restoration workers, hippies and of course a healthy contingent of camera-wielding visitors.
I had a local driver and guide while I was at Angkor Wat. He drove me to each point of interest and waited. For one thing it was very convenient but above all his local knowledge was great.
He made recommendations and gave me tips that I would never have known otherwise (I wasn't a VTer then either ;-).
I put more details in transportation tip. It really enhanced the experience!
- Pros:Incomparable experience
- Cons:Hawkers, fake monks
- In a nutshell:Go there!
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