Reflections of Angkor

 Three Day Pass

With my three day pass to Angkor Wat.

It’s almost impossible to post pictures of Angkor Wat. There are millions of images of Angkor available on the web and none of them really do it any justice. Angkor is indescribable…but I’m going to give it a try.

The best part of the day to visit is definitely early morning. By 9am, we were roasting in the heat, so we got up at 5am each morning and took a tuk-tuk to Angkor Wat to catch the sunrise and to get scrambling over ruins before the crowds arrived. We were never able to get a great sunrise picture. The sun never visibly rose. The heat of the hot season kept the entire area blanketed under pale lilac skies and cloud cover.

Our first morning at Angkor involved a short stop at the front gates to get our three day passes. It felt like stepping into another world once we passed the front gates. The entire Angkor Park is a testament to sheer magnificence and mind-boggling mystery. Built to withstand the weight of time, the natural elements and the ravages of war, Angkor Wat is one of man’s most curious and spectacular accomplishments.

On a Rope

A young boy swinging on a rope at 6am just outside of Angkor Wat.

I couldn’t help but imagine life as it was back in the 1oth century when the temples and cities surrounding the mighty Ton le Sap were nearing the pinnacle of their earliest achievements. One is overwhelmed with awe at the grandiosity of these early architectural feats of wonder. I dream of long parades of worshippers moving slowly along the banks of the causeways leading up to each flamboyantly rich construction. I can practically hear the sound of hushed reverence when entering the main hall of the monastery. There are higher powers here. The air seems charged with energy from ancient centuries of utter devotion. Every carving, every surface in this place is charged with cultural symbolism and rich significance.

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Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat, Cambodia.

Angkor Wat will be enjoyed for generations to come. We were here to show our respect to architects of old. I hold immense respect for these people of the past. I wonder now more than ever what life was like back then.

John at Angkor Wat

The obligatory travel shot. John in front of Angkor Wat. Mine didn’t turn out nearly as nice as his.


Visitors coming out the main entrance and heading back to town for lunch. The ruins were deserted after everyone left and we were free to explore the mysteries of Angkor on our own. Despite the shimmering heat, we had most of the ruins to ourselves for two hours.


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Post Author: Carrie Kellenberger

I'm a chronically ill Canadian who has been living in Asia since 2003. I moved from China to Taiwan in 2006. I'm an experienced businesswoman and have worked in many leadership positions in Asia. In addition to my own work, I've been writing professionally about Asia, travel and health advocacy since 2007, providing regular content to publishing companies and travel publications in Asia and North America. I started writing about my health journey in 2009 after being diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis. In 2014, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and ME/CFS, which came with other massive health issues. These diagnoses were the start of my journey as a health advocate and patient leader. Since then, My Several Worlds has been recognized worldwide as a top site for AS, fibromyalgia, and chronic illness by WEGO Health and Healthline.

9 thoughts on “Reflections of Angkor


    (September 18, 2007 - 1:45 am)

    Hi!I’m from Poland!
    I think that your photos are beutiful.You have interesting life.You show how world can be interesting…


    (September 18, 2007 - 7:13 am)

    Looks like it’s an Angkor day for both of our blogs 🙂 Some great images and suitably reverent words…

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    Lisa Bettany

    (September 18, 2007 - 2:35 am)

    lovely photos. thanks for sharing. always enjoy following your travels.

    (aside: are you using the wordpress 2.3? if so what plug-ins are you using for photos?)


    (September 18, 2007 - 4:35 pm)

    Excellent Angkor post Carrie. Love the photo of you with your three day pass. Needless to say I can’t wait to see it soon…..


    (September 20, 2007 - 2:23 am)

    The photos are phenomenal..


    (September 20, 2007 - 10:11 pm)

    I loved the temples of Siam Reap! Nice to see your website too. Here is a link with loads of pictures I took of Cambodia . I haven’t started on that website, but I have another site called . Want to exchange links?

    david b

    (September 21, 2007 - 8:18 am)

    You give the indescribable a lot of description, I enjoyed reading this.


    (September 21, 2007 - 10:47 pm)

    Thanks David. What a terrific compliment! Words get a little muddled when I think of Angkor. It’s one of those places you have to see for yourself.


    (September 21, 2007 - 10:48 pm)

    Hey Lisa,

    I load from Flickr or Flock. No plug ins for this girl. I’m not that technologically advanced yet. 😉

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