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Step 39/48: Cambodia -
Price: 80 €
Traveling time: 18 hoursWith a stop-over in Bangkok
Tips & Tricks
- To visit Angkor, bargain with a tuk-tuk driver from the city for your whole stay
- Some temples are better visited at the end of the day, when the tour buses leave
Things to see
Angkor Wat is the most famous of all Angkor temples. It’s been built in the 12th century and is dedicated to Vishnu. Amazing bas-relief friezes depict scenes of the main Hindu epics, the Mahabharata and the Ramayana. The Churning of the Sea of Milk is an impressively well- preserved one.
The Bayon is also a tourist-favourite. With its large stone faces with serene looks, the temple built by the Buddhist king Jayavarman VII (you’ll see statues of him all over the country btw) has bas-relief not representing religious facts but everyday life and actual events.
Also in the Bayon style, built by Jayavarman VII, Ta Prohm has become a part of the jungle, merging with nature. Indeed, Ta Prohm is the most picturesque temple with silk cotton trees growing out of the ruins.