The #TGFEGapYear has officially begun! Last week, the family and I flew to Siem Reap, Cambodia for a long weekend while the kids have Fall Break from school. We spent our time visiting the famous Angkor Wat Temples, riding a tuk tuk through the local villages and taking a boat ride to the rice fields. I’ll be sharing these adventures in posts throughout the next week (so make sure to check back!), but today will be all about our first day at the main Angkor Wat Temple:
This post will be a little out of order, but I think it makes more sense this way. I’ll start by detailing our second morning in Cambodia, when we pulled ourselves out of bed at 4:30 am to watch the sun rise over the famous Angkor Wat temple, a 900 year old temple in Siem Reap. We had been told that the views were totally worth the wake up call, and we were not disappointed.
We made our chilly, early morning trek to the temple in complete darkness. We walked over the moat where no sounds could be heard but the mosquitos and the shuffling of our feet. The ancient temple loomed over us, and in the dark, it was incredibly eery. We could see nothing without flashlights, and for some reason, all of the tourists walked in silence to find the best spots to enjoy the views. I don’t know why, but being there in the dark made the temple feel alive – I could imagine the ancient warriors immersed in guerrilla warfare, using the temple as their safe haven in the middle of the wild rainforest.
We made our way to the least populated spot & watched as the sun slowly rose to warm up the day. Below are various snapshots (in order) of the sun making its way up.
There are multiple temples within Angkor Wat, but we spent a majority of day 1 at the main temple. Once inside, you see the view above. You also come across this……interesting statue….. pictured below:
Like, were the buttonhole details necessary?? (shoutout to my little brother for his hilarious modeling skills)
It was a hot, muggy day – the air was thick and it didn’t allow for great images of the sky, but you can see the building closer up here. I love the crumbling architecture & moss covered walls. Speaking of walls, check out these incredible details…
Every wall looks like this. This was all done completely by hand almost 1,000 years ago. I’m still in awe.
We continued down the endless hallways and found ourselves in a massive open courtyard in the center of the temple.
(From the windoooooooow, to the wall! hahaha, okay I’ll stop.) All of the hallways had windows facing in to the tallest towers of the temple, and no detail was spared, even here. At this point, we spotted a few monks making their way through the temple & I decided to paparazzi stalk them because #DoItForTheBlog
Angkor Wat was beautiful, an absolute must see in Cambodia! I’ve visited quite a few temples, but if I had to recommend one, this would be it. But this wasn’t all of it…there are multiple smaller temples throughout the historical site, all of which will be detailed in a post on Monday!! See you back here at 7 am Cali time Monday morning 🙂