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Organizing a Photo Trip to Angkor Wat, Cambodia


I’ve been surveying friends who want to travel to the beautiful temple at Angkor, Cambodia. I’m opening up the idea to anyone in the PH who wants to come as this could be an exciting trip for bloggers / photographers. I realized how a lot of Filipino bloggers are also hobbyist photographers and the general sentiment to this trip was always on the positive whenever I would ask people privately. So now the open invitation begins.

Angkor Wat (or Angkor Vat) is a temple at Angkor, Cambodia, built for king Suryavarman II in the early 12th century as his state temple and capital city. The largest and best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious centre — first Hindu, dedicated to Vishnu, then Buddhist — since its foundation. The temple is the epitome of the high classical style of Khmer architecture. It has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, and it is the country’s prime attraction for visitors. [Wikipedia]

The tentative date for this trip will be come between September to November 2007. I really have no idea how much this will cost but I’m estimating a $600.00 package for a few days. The time between the trip and now is a couple of months which is enough time for people to save and stock up on equipment. I’m no travel expert but I really want to shoot this beautiful place. Any information on travel costs and the best time to go (is the 4th quarter really the best time to go — there are preparations to be made for this..) would be highly valued 🙂

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

By Jayvee Fernandez

Jayvee Fernandez is a tech enthusiast, EAN certified SCUBA Diver and underwater photographer based in Metro Manila, Philippines. His photos and videos have appeared in various international and local publications including Random House Germany, Discovery Channel Canada, and CNN.

13 replies on “Organizing a Photo Trip to Angkor Wat, Cambodia”

As a graduation gift, I am giving a trip to my daughter for an Asian trip. She hasn’t found company to travel with her.Cambodia and Vietnam are in her list. We travelled to Laos and Thailand then and we didn’t have time to visit the neighboring countries. I’ll ask her if she wants just in case she hasn’t found anyone yet.

Also, one of the Philippines embassy staff is a friend of my brother in law. she is also a blogger

Hi Jayvee,

I have 2 officemates — Amor and Peter — plus myself who are planning to go to Angkor Wat too – Q4 this year din. Puwede tayo mag-join forces. Peter and I are hobbyist photogs too, Amor can be our model 🙂

Let’s go!


Interesting. I’ll be going there really soon, and since I’m a budget traveler, I don’t think I’ll reach that $600 thing on 5 days there. I’ll update you on my trip there. 😀

I am a very keen (though amateur) photographer and this has taken me all over the world. I find that I see much more of a place through a lens because I am really looking at what is there as opposed to just letting it all ‘drift by’. A few years ago I went to Cambodia and was so impressed by the place and the khmer people that I decided to be much more involved. SAGE Insights is a not for profit tour company, based in Siem Reap and employing only locals. We especially welcome photographers and pass all of the profits which are not distributed to the local guides on to a local school building programme (we now educated over 1,000 children). I would be keen to offer our services to this project. Andy

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