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The Mysteries of Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat in Cambodia

The Kingdom of Cambodia, as it is officially known, is found in Asia and bordered by the Gulf of Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and Thailand. With around 15 million citizens it is a moderately sized country that has seen a lot of changes of the years. A Buddhist country, it is best-known for Angkor Wat – a temple that attracts millions of backpacking and standard tourists each and every year.

The temples of Cambodia

Decades of civil war meant that just 12 years ago, the country was almost off the map of travellers. Today, you can’t move without seeing a foreigner and they’re all heading for the big temple, but there are dozens more. From Phnom Chissor in the capital with its beautiful views to Sambor Prei Kuk and the 140 monuments and temples of a 1,400 year old city to Koh Ker, the 10th century lost city, there is so much more to see. But, the largest religious monument in the world and arguable the most important archaeological site in South-East Asia will always rule supreme…


Angkor Wat in Cambodia

Angkor Wat in Cambodia

Angkor Wat

This World Heritage Site has history and romance in abundance – not to mention grandeur. Some say that it encompasses all the elements of a Pharaoh, the Pyramids and the Taj Mahal thanks to the luxury, impressiveness and beauty seen across the sprawling 500-acre site. Since opening in the 12th century it has always been a place of worship and was initially dedicated to Vishnu. It is believed that this sophisticated piece of architecture was created to be a replica of the universe.

A big question was how the stones used in its building were taken from the sacred Mount Kulen to the temple in such a short timeframe. The Khmer empire was supremely powerful in its day and used canals to aid transportation and there is a network of some 21 miles that connects the two and quarries en-route go to back up this claim.

Taking just 30 years to construct, it was King Suryavarman II who oversaw it and experts feel it was built to be a funerary temple for him. In terms of positioning, the west orientation would symbolise the setting sun – and, thus death – which supports this believe. We have all seen pictures of the area but the unrestored Ta Prohm is easily the most photographed temple here. Known to be one of the favourites is at the Bayon temple where a Bayeux Tapestry-esque tale tells a long story. Widely regarded as a trip of a lifetime the whole thing is enchanting.

Get going

Whether you are on a budget or looking for a stylish package, there are all manner of options to choose from. Try to get to the Angkor Wat early to see the sunrise.

Interview with cool Monika Molnarova I met in Bangkok

me and Monika in flooded Siem Reap

I used Couchsurfing when I visited Bangkok for the first time in October 2011 and surprisingly found 2 Czech girls and 1 Slovak girl in there. We soon became friends, especially with the Slovak girl Monika. After exploring Bangkok with her for a few days and having fun in a rooftop swimming pool with the view of whole Bangkok (for free), we took our adventure to the next level and went to explore Cambodia and a bit of Siem Reap and breath-taking Angkor Wat. It was a lot of fun with the area flooded. Just check out our photo together in Siem Reap when trying to find our hotel Mandalay Inn 😀


me and Monika in flooded Siem Reap

me and Monika in flooded Siem Reap


Afterwards, we reunited with Monika in Thailand again and then in Slovakia and we are very good travel buddies so I am sure more trips together will come soon 🙂


Find out more about this funny girl:


1. Who are you? Tell us something about you.

Cool chic with diverse background, lived in 5 different countries for past 6 years. I love traveling and getting to know new people.


2. What is your favorite place, city and country and why? (all three of them)


My most favorite would be Mexico where I spent a year during my studies, loved the people, food and culture (*another thing we have in common with Monika and our favorite country Mexico).

My favorite city would be my hometown Bratislava ’cause I know it so well and have my family and friends based there. 

Then it’d be NYC a place I felt in love with immediately. 
Favorite country Italy ’cause the Italians are so gooood looking and they make amazing pasta LOL
My another favorite one is Monte-Carlo despite its glamour I know some nice places there and I still have some friends left from my studies.

Monika Molnarova



3. If you could go anywhere in the world tomorrow, where would it be and why?

Caribbean or French Polynesia but I have it on my list for honeymoon destination but if I could have a chance to get on a plane … I’ll go to NYC for some shopping or to Mexico to visit my friends.


4. What do you love the most about your home country?

Food, atmosphere, our passion for hockey and hospitality.


5. How travel changes you?

I became more open-minded, don’t judge people based on the 1st sight..maybe on the 2nd hahahaha.


Thank you, Monika for the answers. Will definitely see you again soon, I think in Bratislava for some party 🙂