Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat is the largest Hindu temple complex in the world, situated at Angkor, Cambodia, built by King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century as his state temple and capital city.

Angkor Wat complex with reflection in pond

As the best-preserved temple in the Siem Reap area, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious centre since its foundation – first Hindu, dedicated to the god Vishnu, then Buddhist. The temple is at the top of the high classical style of Khmer architecture.

carving at Angkor Wat

As you would expect this UNESCO world heritage site is amazing. It is very large with a huge temple. The carvings are exceptional and numerous. I was there in the slow part of the season and while there were lots of people, there was plenty of room.

I went to Angkor Wat on 3 days. I was going elsewhere for a sunset visit (on my first day) but as it was cloudy I decided to go to Angkor instead (saving the sunset for another day) and get some photos in the nice light late in the day. I went to see the sunrise and continued on with my guide. Then I went back late in the afternoon on one of the other days – there was a bit more sun so I hoped for better photos and also it is huge, there is plenty to see.

photo inside Angkor Wat

Looking at my photos now they don’t convey the size of Angkor Wat. This last photo is taken inside the building several floors up above ground level. Angkor Wat is an absolutely wonderful destination and is surrounded in the larger temple complex (over a site 400 km square) by several other world class sites.

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I have enjoyed travel since my parents dragged me around the world as a toddler.

I have been posting information about my travels online for over 10 years in various places including Curious Cat Travel Destinations, Curious Cat Travel Photos, Curious Cat Travel Photo Blog, Living in Malaysia, Singapore Travels and more.

This blog will allow me to collect updates relating to travel in one place. Over the next year I hope to have quite a bit added to the various Curious Cat travel resources. In the last year a great deal of work has been done to get things ready, including quite a bit on the main web site for Curious Cat Travel Destinations. And this blog has been a long time in the making.

A photo from my current trip, in China:

photo of green rice teraces in China