Royal Palace (Angkor Thom)
The is the last capital city under the Khmer Empire (once the most powerful empire in all of southeast Asia), Angkor Thom was established late in the 12th century. It is a massive complex of 9 square kilometers and was abandoned sometime before the early 17th century. What’s left is a beautiful place that you and your family can enjoy and learn about!
This is by far one of the most visited part of the temple. With the forest reclaiming much of the structure, there is a natural and eerie mysticism to it that doesn’t exist with the others.
Only uncovered in the 60’s and partially restored since, it carries a much more modern appearance than others, even though it dates back to the 10th century. I took SO many pictures and yet it wasn’t enough to truly capture its beauty.
South Gate To Angkor Thom
It’s not just the temples that hold significance and photo-worthy stops, but the magnificent gates between them as well. There are 54 statutes along the bridge leading up to this particular gate, some appearing smooth and new, others damaged by erosion or vandals.
Beng Mealea was SERIOUSLY my favorite. Simply breathtaking and surreal. The Beng Mealea is located at almost 40 kms away from the other Angkor temples. Despite the beauty of the Beng Mealea, it’s barely visited by people and hardly preserved. The result is a ghostly yet beautiful sight.
Angkor Wat is the best preserved temple of all and it dates back to the 12th century. The only downside is the huge mob of tourist that are there. I was lucky enough to somehow manage a quiet and peaceful moment to enjoy it and take lovely pictures with my family and boyfriend. You should definitely take pictures here!