The temples of Cambodia

Ta Prohm Temple

I have always been a big fan of the old architecture and big ancient temples. Therefore, being in Asia, I had to visit Cambodia for at least a couple of days – especially because The Temples of Angkor were just named the best sight in the world for 2015 by Lonely Planet.

After a nine-hour flight from Mumbai, with a two-hour stop in Kuala Lumpur, I arrived at Siem Reap at noon on a rainy day. I was a little bit exhausted from the long trip and overwhelmed by the hot weather and humidity, but the excitement of visiting the Temples of Angkor quickly invigorated me. A tuk-tuk was waiting for me at the airport and took me to a small hotel near the central Pub Street.

My entire trip was set up for just three days, so I decided to start visiting the temples immediately. After a brief negotiation, I hired the same tuk tuk’s driver to take me around to visit all important sights near Siem Reap city. It is hard to describe in words how stunning and overwhelming the Temples of Angkor are.  The Bayon Temple, with its massive head carved images, is just exquisite.  The Banteay Srey’s miniature carvings are impressive from every angle. The Ta Prohm Temple, with all the massive roots of huge trees surrounding its walls and towers, is spectacular. And, lastly but even more impressive, is the Complex Angkor Wat – the largest religious structure ever built.

Banteay Srey

But Cambodia offers much more than just temples and beautiful architecture. Its culinary art is impressive, from fancy restaurants to street food. You can find vegetarian and non-vegetarian food alike with unparalleled freshness.

The short time I spent in Cambodia will remain in my heart forever. I spent three fantastic days there that were a perfect combination of spirituality and beauty. I will never forget the welcoming spirit and kindness of the Cambodian people, and this is definitely a place I look forward to visiting again in the future.

Angkor Wat Bayon Temple

Pablo Nunez

Pablo Nunez is working out of Mumbai, India, with Swadhaar FinServe, an Accion partner and microfinance institution, on a small and medium enterprise lending project.

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