Visit Angkor Wat: The Lost City

Would you like to visit Angkor Wat? The intricate carved temples of the lost city of Angkor are one of the main reasons travelers sojourn thousands of miles but nothing can prepare you for the spectacle. Mesmerizing and mystical it is hard to believe that these ancient wonders were once carved by the hands of men. Seeing the graceful temples wrapped in jungle greens and reflecting in the waters of the shimmering lake is something that will stay deep in your mind’s eye for many years to come. Angkor Wat in the first light of dawn allows you to fully appreciate the 12th century craftsmanship, the vision and the glory as the ancient kingdom is bathed in a soft rosy blush, glowing as though you have peeled back the veil and glimpsed another world.

visit angkor wat

Image Courtesy: commons.wikimedia.org/DavidSim

The forests of Siem Reap are hushed and full of secrets and the deep set enigma seems to be the perfect surrounding for the temples of old. This impressive temple was built in honor to be the spiritual home of Vishnu, and every stone is placed lovingly to exalt the Hindu God. Amidst the cracks of stone, the lofty columns and the foreboding gates of Angkor Thom it isn’t unusual to see the flash of an orange robe from one of the many Buddhist monks who pilgrim to this sacred spot.

visit angkor wat 2

Image Courtesy: commons.wikimedia.org/BjornChristianTorrissen

You are sure to feel as though you have stepped into a three dimensional version of Tomb Raider, there is an almost apocalyptic feel to the deserted streets and the fallen city. A splash of lilies, the murmur of gongs and the endless maze of shaded courtyards and underground tunnels will tempt you even further in to the Lost City, a place where it is easy to lose just a little part of yourself. Visiting in the small hours of the morning, those conscious seconds right before the dawn is the best way to avoid the endless throngs of tourists and the haze of the fierce midday heat.

visit angkor wat 3

Image Courtesy: commons.wikimedia.org/Tsui

Top Image Courtesy: commons.wikimedia.org/samgarza

Jodie Oakes

Jodie Oakes

Jodie Oakes is a seasoned writer and an avid surfer with continuously itchy feet and a love of the finer things in life. After traveling through the continent with a touring band, living in Paris, Amsterdam and under the Auroras Borealis, she is now in Bulgaria where she attempts to piece together her first poetry collection.
Jodie Oakes