In June 2013, I visited Angkor Wat as my graduation trip with friends to Cambodia from Singapore. Living up to the meaning of its name, City of Temples, Angkor Wat amazed me with its well-preserved temples, rich history, and the serene feeling during my trip. The man-made complex lies harmoniously with its surrounding forest. I felt like stepping into a different time.
Many scenes at Angkor Wat has become iconic, and represent Cambodia. The complex is spacious and requires a lot of walking to explore. But it is rewarding with a journey filled with architecture and stories, especially if you are interested in history and went with a local guide.
After looking at the photo set taken in Cambodia, I realised this is my favourite. I saw two monks walking around the corner and going to out of my sight. The scene was quiet, and for a brief moment was livened up by the presence of the two monks. There seems to have a connection between the past and present when I look at this photo.
The trip to Cambodia was a refresh from the bustling life in Singapore. The temples weren’t crowded so our group fully enjoyed the peaceful atmosphere and unrushed walk. Our tour guide was friendly and knowledgable about Angkor Wat’s history, which really made our trip more rewarding. I highly recommend Angkor Wat as a day trip to have a glimpse into the past of Cambodia.