I removed my sandals and went barefoot in Angkor Wat. It was a spur-of-the-moment decision which wasn’t a big deal as dirt already gathered inside my footwear. I was hoping to connect with the temple when my skin touched the stones of the shrine but I was unsuccessful. It wasn’t the day to reflect as I was still overly excited by the fact that I was in Siem Reap, seeing all the temples for the first time.
Siem Reap, Cambodia
barefoot at Angkor Wat Temple – yes, I’ve big feet.
Angkor Wat which means “City Temple” is inarguably the most famous among all the temples in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Pardon me if I don’t get to share a lot of information about the the places I’ve been. I hated History back in high school and somehow, I never grew fond of the subject. This is a big no-no especially when you’re introducing people about places. But I take my hats off for Wikipedia and Google for you to get your fix of cultural details and historical information.
famous spot for taking pictures of Angkor Wat temple
Angkor Wat has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, and it is the country’s prime attraction for visitors. (Wikipedia – Angkor Wat). It was nice to see the temple in time for the sun to set.
heading to the temple
After checking out the trees at the Ta Prohm temple, it was time to see this sacred monument which was our last stop for the day. Still at the entrance point, we couldn’t stop ourselves from jumping around and about.
Every angle of this place of devotion is picture-worthy. I’m glad I pushed through with this tour as I was already hesitant when I was back in Cebu due to paying more for a flight because of tardiness.
according to my friend, this used to be a pool
prenup or a magazine photoshoot?
Climbed steep stairs to get on a higher point inside Angkor Wat. I left my companions below as they were wearing shorts that were too sexy for the Khmer security guards to see. But they didn’t miss a lot.
view from the top of steep stairs
Tourist guides share the history of Khmer people and how these temples were built. Catering to various nationalities during their tour, these guides speak in different languages which is something to admire.
back part of Angkor Wat
stones on the ground
Stones built with bare hands, carvings that decorate the structure in all corners. Beautiful, are they not? Amazing especially when they’re still standing up to now. As the sun sets and its rays illuminate the walls, statues show another shade with a deeper intensity.
Apsaras on the walls
Sprained my ankle on our way back to the entrance. I can’t recall everything but I remember suddenly falling, albeit a short height, from one of the wooden paths to the ground. I stumbled but was glad to keep my balance. It hurt a lot that I had to stop and rest in a corner before I resumed my walk.
While taking a hundred more shots, I saw a tourist on top of one of the structures. All by his lonesome self, he was reading a book while the sun was setting. Couldn’t resist taking a photo of him enjoying his read. It’s good to pause and take time to meditate while the world passes before you.
another tourist, reading a book while the sun was setting
Still walking without feet protection, I received a few stares from people passing by. It was a tiring day; my appearance was the last thing I worried about.
Pon, our tuktuk driver, asked me where my shoes were. Coming from a long walk, I just replied with a grin and pointed my finger to my bag.
The orange tone of the sun and the ground compliment the building structures of black and gray. Together, they create a sepia-like hue on a landscape that leaves a lasting impression to one’s memory and makes one wonder if he’s been here before.
There’s something about Angkor Wat; not sure if it’s because of the place or the people or both. Barefoot or not, the simple life here will captivate you.
sunset going home
On a side note, I learned a new trick in Siem Reap. There are things I wish I could do but I can’t. Then there are those that only need practice in order to get them right; no matter how long they may take. I’m glad I still keep trying even if I fail countless times. Now I realize that it’s only my mind that limits myself. It’s how we reconstruct our perception to believe that we can do something will help us achieve anything.
and I thought this dog won’t be able to learn new tricks
Here’s a couple of comprehensive guides about Siem Reap:
- Tips and Things to Know about Siem Reap, Cambodia
- Digital Nomad Life: One Month in Siem Reap, Cambodia
Check out my other adventures here:
- Quick Update from Bousavy Guesthouse in Siem Reap, Cambodia
- Siem Reap and Bangkok Chronicles
- Getting There: Cebu to Manila to Clark to Bangkok to Aranyaprathet to Siem Reap
- No Ordinary Train Ride From Bangkok to Aranyaprathet
- Bangkok to Siem Reap: Avoid Scammers from Aranyaprathet to Poipet Border
- Where to Stay: Bousavy Guesthouse in Siem Reap, Cambodia
- Where to Stay: Victory Guesthouse in Siem Reap, Cambodia
- Cambodia Trip: Angkor Thom Gate, Bayon Temple and Elephant Terrace
- Cambodia Trip: Trees in Ta Prohm Temple, Siem Reap
- Cambodia Trip: Walking Barefoot at Angkor Wat Temple
- Cambodia Trip: Pre Rup, Banteay Srei and East Mebon Temples
- Cambodia Trip: Haggling Prices in Angkor Night Market
- Cambodia Trip: Those Khmer Kids Selling Merchandise
- Cambodia Trip: Chill Out and Relax at Pub Street in Siem Reap
- Cambodia Trip: Insightful Conversations Over a Fish Massage
- Cambodia Trip: Land Mine Victims
- Cambodia Trip: A Guide to Eating Cheap Khmer Food in Siem Reap
- Cambodia Trip: Engrish and Random Sights in Siem Reap
- Cambodia Trip: Shuttle Bus from Siem Reap to Bangkok, Thailand
- Total Budget Expense in Siem Reap, Cambodia
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