As a traveller, one place I always wanted to go to was Cambodia, and for several reasons. While it’s true that I’d heard much about Pol Pot’s totalitarian regime (and the horrific genocide that accompanied it) of the 70’s, I’d also heard the most wonderful things about the Cambodian people, the rich history, the incredible cities, amazing food and pretty much the whole culture in general; with all these things going for it, Cambodia seemed like a perfect destination for us to travel to.
Quite often travellers like to visit certain countries / cities to see world famous monuments, buildings or edifices of one kind or another – for example, no trip to Paris is complete without a jaunt to the Eiffel Tower, or visit to Giza would be complete without spending time at the pyramids, right? Well Cambodia is no different, and while there travellers flock to see Ankgor Wat, the world famous temple complex which is located a few short miles outside of the city of Siem Reap.
Angkor Wat was constructed as a Hindu temple, then subsequently became a Buddhist temple; and despite having been built in the early 12th century, it still remains to this day to be the largest religious monument in the world. Surrounded by miles and miles of trees, the temple is huge in size, and is completely surrounded by a square moat, one which travellers cross over on a massive stone bridge. The whole structure entirely decorated in carvings, and detailed beyond belief – I can’t imagine how long it took to build, In fact, Angkor Wat is such an important and potent symbol of Cambodia that it even appears on the Cambodian national flag.
When we travelled to South East Asia in 2012, we got an opportunity to spend a full day wandering around this incredible site, and can’t say enough about how awe-inspiring it was to be smack dab in the middle of this centuries old structure – it was truly awesome. It’s a site that I wish every single person reading this could experience and when I say “experience”, I’m talking about the awesome sights of Angkor Watt, not the (2 x) 32 hour travel times needed to get there, or the red ants that swarmed over my sandalled feet, or the 3 days of torrential downpours we endured while staying in Seim Reap. No, I’m wondering what if only there were a way one could be magically transported to Angkor Wat, and be able to wander around the temple as we did, but without all the other crappy stuff to taint the experience… Well, it turns out there is.
It seems that thanks to good folks over at Google Maps, you, I, and anyone else can do just that! That’s because just last week Google announced they’d just finished “street mapping” all of Angkor Wat, and it was already online! So if you’d like to also experience this amazing place, but from the comfort of your home and without any pesky red ants to bother you, just click on this Google Maps Tour and take a look around. Have fun checking it out, and be prepared to be amazed by this magnificent structure. Enjoy~!
Readers: Is there any place in the world you truly want to see? Please let us know in the comments below!