Angkor Wat – A photographer’s paradise

Angkor Wat needs no introduction. It is one of the most talked about, reviewed about and photographed places amongst history lovers, architecture fanatics, travel bloggers and tourists in general. With the UNESCO World Heritage Centre tag it is also one of the most visited tourist interest sites. And I like all tourists (yes we all are in some ways and I am purposely not using the word travelers) had the opportunity to visit this wonder a couple of month’s back. If you have read my earlier post about – Is Angkor Wat worth visiting you would know I was a bit disappointed. But after spending so much money and well com’on I was in a World Heritage Centre and did not want my disappointment to ruin my vacation just because of my high expectations.

I decided to uplift my spirits with photography.


Angkor Wat: Getting amazed with the precision cut stones and apsara carvings on the outer wall.

Angkor courtyard

The beautifully landscaped outer courtyard. I imagine animals probably lazying around during the prime years of Khmer empire.

Angkor ruins

Ruins can look beautiful at Angkor Wat

Angkor bridges

Bridges having fancy fencing.. now who wouldn’t like that? By the way they are holding a really 7 headed snake.

Bayon temple, angkor wat

I think mine and everyone’s favorite temple has to be Bayon.  The giant faces of Bayon/ Jayavarnam VII with their gentle smiles are definitely enigmatic and lifted my spirits in the hot burning sun.

Bayon temple, angkor wat

So much so that I decided to pose to show off my dress at Bayon, Angkor Thom

Ta Phrom temple, angkor wat


Getting awed by the huge roots trying to claim their territory around the temple complex at Ta Phrom. If you decide to go here you will probably tick item off a bucket list as you will be clicking a photo at Tomb Raider movie shooting set! It certainly reminded me of tree roots in towns of Meghalaya, in the state of India and how localities have turned them into bridges to cross rivers! Such brilliant stuff.

Ta Phrom temple, angkor wat

Humans trying really hard to protect the structures they built by putting some weight lifting devices.

Angkor Wat - a photographer's paradise

Getting intimidated by the fact that the tree branches are actually holding some portions of the monuments from collapsing. Angkor Wat can get surprisingly amazing.

Jewel stone at Angkor wat

This barren stone would have looked so beautiful in its hay days showing off the jewels it possessed.

Angkor Wat - a photographer's paradise

Intrigued by this extremely gorgeous looking stone, carved with a story that I am trying to recreate in my head.

Angkor Wat - a photographer's paradise

Crumbled pieces of history, holding strong to its roots and the trees to its own. They interact often holding on to their egos, talking about the by gone centuries – how the path once laid was a king’s business route to the now selfie taking tourists! Still, they lie still engulfing each minute as it comes.

So let go off that shutter speed, put on the aperture and the ISO to give you the best of Angkor paradise!

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23 thoughts on “Angkor Wat – A photographer’s paradise

  1. I had really enjoyed your previous post so I was happy to read this one too. Getting to take beautiful photos is definitely one of my priorities if I visit. I see that you managed to take quite some photos without the crowds, so I guess that is a good thing. I was afraid it would always be quite packed, but you must have found a good itinerary to keep most of it clear of crowds. I’m getting more and more convinced I really want to go there!

    1. If you love landscape photography you’ll love it here for sure. Generally people start at same time in morning and visit the same temples at same pace. If you take more time at a particular place or take a break, you’ll find less crowds. Generally crowds are at famous places and will click famous carvings which everyone clicks. Also crowds are well behaved and will wait in line to get that shot.

    1. Haha I had to! And then I had a really good time and even thought may be I could extend my stay for another day ?

  2. Angkor Wat
    Thanks for sharing…..
    Building a cultural legacy so that the next generation won’t inherit the scenic beauty but also the enhancement of architecture,religion,culture and ofcourse our philosophy.History they call is illusion.Therefore let us not assume that Angkor is known to many.
    Sculpture and scenic beauty is marvellous!!!
    Photography is eye catching.Certainly invites you to visit the place.All those photographs and the blog certainly convey Advaita….
    I felt lost in my existence(Advaita?)
    Thanks for sharing.

    1. 4 days is ideal. 2 days temples tour then 1 day break (your legs will thank you for that) and another day. A 3 days pass should do the trick 🙂

  3. I totally get what turned you off on your visit to Angkor (couldn’t contain my curiosity so read your previous post too) but I can see that it makes for stunning photos! Unfortunately my husband is not into history, especially temples, so I don’t know when I might get a chance to visit. Lovely post though ?

  4. Angkor Wat is surely is a photographers paradise. I myself can’t have enough photos if I am there. The history of Angkor Wat is quite interesting too. I hope I get a chance to visit it in the future. Great photos!

  5. It’s a must-see attraction when visiting the Cambodia. The Angkor Wat is famous and impressive. I heard that the site is known to be as crowded as ever, but you managed to find a few quiet spots 🙂 in order to take beautiful photos !

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