Traveler Audrey recently visited Thailand and Cambodia on our tour, Thailand: The Golden Kingdom. Her favorite part? Exploring ancient temples (and coming face-to-face with history) throughout these two countries. Read more from Audrey below, and check out the rest of the photos from her travels.
South Asia’s vibrancy manifests itself in every corner of the region. From the scenery and art to its culture and people, I was awestruck from the moment I stepped off the plane for my journey through Thailand and Cambodia. Though there was so much to enjoy, the breathtaking ancient temples were a highlight of my trip.
In bustling Bangkok, I learned about Buddhism while exploring three major city sites: the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew), the Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho), and the Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit). The information that I learned here helped me better understand additional sites during the trip, from the old Sukhothai Historical Park to the stunning and modern Wat Rong Khun, known as the White Temple.
Then, in Cambodia, old mingled with new as I stepped inside the temple of Ta Prohm, the location of the Angelina Jolie flick Lara Croft, Tomb Raider and explored Preah Khan, where scenes from the film Two Brothers were set. The crowning sight of the region was Angkor Wat, a sprawling complex so detailed it can only be fully appreciated up close, as we were able to do.
Even though I had to leave the temples behind when I returned home, I carry warm and rich memories of them from my latest tour!
In fact, on this trip, we met someone from our Peru and Amazon rainforest tour! We were able to reconnect with a fellow traveler we’d enjoyed exploring with—and we didn’t even know that we had all booked the same trip. It’s a small travel world.
Have you been on a tour of Thailand and Cambodia? Seen amazing temples and historical sites elsewhere in the world? Tell us about it in the comments!