Didem Doğan

Angkor Park of Archeology

For many people Angkor Wat takes the top of the list of the most impressive journeys in a life time. It is hard to describe this experience by dishing out practical information; I think the main reason why it moves you deeply is because the temples are scattered deep in the jungle in numbers that seem never to end and you can be a part of this mystic atmosphere if you a ride a bicycle just as we did. Angkor is the world’s biggest constellation of temples that spreads out in the wilderness. It was built during the heyday of Khmer Empire that ruled the region, between the 9th and the 15th centuries. It has various architectural styles, including the Hindu and the Buddhist styles. This archeological site of hundreds of temples in an area of around 400 kilometer squares in the jungle is in the Unesco world heritage list. Around two million people visit Angkor every year. It is considered to be the biggest city of the pre-industrial era. Walking around this place which is under protection today, one has difficulty envisaging it as a living city, probably because nobody lives here, except for ascetic Buddhist priests, tourists and the local peasants. The closest airport to travel to Angkor is Siem Reap; there is a hotel region 6 kilometers away from the archeological site. We suggest that you buy a ticket valid for three-four days like we did, visit the temples more than once, enjoy the sunlight at different hours of the day, pay attention to the details every time you visit and leave satisfied knowing that you can get some of the details you missed when you come back again.