Angkor Wat - The Largest Temple in the World (over 400 acres)
The temples of Angkor Wat - a MUST see when in (Siem Reap) Cambodia. While I am not an overly big fan of history, considering over 50% of the tourism in this country is based around Angkor Wat, I couldn't say that I was here and NOT witnessed the largest religious monument in the world. Below are some facts that I read and picked up along my way today. The pictures just don't do it justice - I HUSTLED through just 3 of the main temples and it took over 4 hours in WALKING time alone. I hired a private tuk tuk which was perfect - I got shade, cold water, and a breeze between each stop. A huge plus is that I didn't have to deal with traffic - which is still as insane as it was the first day I landed in SEA.
I was happy to have the local as my driver - he knew the best places to drop me off, the direction in which I should enter and tour each temple to 'avoid the crowd' as much as possible, and I didn't have to research where I was going or how to get there. Win win! Had I attempted to do it all myself, say, by bicycle as I once considered doing, I would have been frustrated from the start, as the ticket office is tucked FAR away from the Angkor Wat complex and is virtually in an unmarked, ginormous, building with a huge dirt lot in the front that makes it look more abandoned than anything: