Angkor What!? Cambodia Part 2

It’s the reason most people come to Cambodia.  It was one of the top things on our to-do list for South East Asia.  “One of the big ones”, as we’ve been calling it.  Angkor Wat is up there with the Pyramids of Giza and the Great Wall of China. Needless to say, we were pretty excited for this one.  We’re going to keep the text light on this one, and let the pictures speak for themselves – starting with the iconic sunrise photos .

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Pre-dawn light makes for a dramatic view of Angkor Wat.
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More is revealed as the sky lightens.

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Many amateur photographers were elbowed to get this photo.  You’ll see what we mean in a few pictures….
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Stunning.
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Here is the view the OTHER way while the sun is rising.  You need to be there pretty early to get a spot in front of the water, or if you intend to set up a tripod.

 

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The Angkor Wat complex is huge.  This is the first view you get from it after entering through the main gate.

It costs $37 USD for a day pass to the Angkor Archaeological Park, and $62 USD for 3 days.  It used to be $20 for a day and $40 for 3 days, but they just increased the price in February unfortunately.  In truth, they could probably charge twice that and it would still be packed.

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Galleries of bas reliefs (carvings) are on all 4 sides of the main temple.
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Note the person being stabbed in the face in this ancient battle.
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Inside the first level of Angkor Wat.
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Good luck blessings from a monk.

Everyone knows the area generally as Angkor Wat, but in reality Angkor Wat is only one of dozens of temple around Siem Reap.  Angkor Wat is the most famous, touted as the largest religion structure in the world and known for its iconic sunrise.  But despite its amazing sun rise, it wasn’t our favorite temple.  It wasn’t even in the top 3.  Here are a bunch of our favourite photos from the other temples in the Angkor area.

 

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The south gate to Angkor Thom
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Ta Prohm, where they filmed some of the first Tomb Raider movie.
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Strangler fig trees have overgrown much of the temple, making for some dramatic scenes throughout Ta Prohm.
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We see you hiding in there…
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Nearly 1000 years old, but slowly succumbing to nature.

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The main cluster of temples, which includes Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom, are about 9km north of Siem Reap city centre.  Most people hire a tuk tuk for the day, who will drive them around to whatever temples you like.  We opted to save a little money and go with an electric scooter.  Having to find places to charge over lunch is a bit of a pain, but getting stuck without battery would be worse.  We had a close call on our first day with the e-bike, having overestimated our remaining battery (though we think the gauge reads faulty) and nearly running out of juice on the side of the road in the dark, in a forest.  Thankfully we made it, albeit very slowly, to a coffee shop where we must have appeared quite the sight, waving our extension cord around trying to convey to the non-English speaking staff that we need an outlet.

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Bayon, temple of many faces.  
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Each tower has 4 faces, 1 per side.
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Apparently no one knows for sure who the faces represent.

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Its hard to get photos without other people in them.  But sometimes having other people in them works out well.  This lady and Doug happened to both make a move for the photo location at the same time, so they decided to share.  In other news, Doug’s new travel goal is to take pictures with as many Chinese tourists as possible.
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Banteay Sri, also known as the women’s temple.  Its one of the oldest temples in the area, with construction having started in 967 CE.  Its made of a different stone, sandstone, so the intricate carvings have lasted longer than most of the temples in the area.
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Angkor Thom’s Victory Gate, one of 5 gates through the massive walls.
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More strangler fig trees at Ta Som temple.
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Inside Krol Ko temple
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Preah Khan temple has been mostly left as it was discovered, with the surrounding jungle having made itself a part of the temple.

 

And last but not least, the town (city?) of Siem Reap.  Its a fun town, with cheap beer and nice restaurants.

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$0.50 pints of beer on the aptly named Pub Street.  Its hard to go wrong at those prices.
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Pub Street at night, where every foreigner goes after a day at the temples.
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We actually tried some crocodile meat. It tastes like fishy chicken.  Not good.
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After a $0.50 pint, why not head over to the night market at get a massage while watching a free Lady Boy show? A glamourous way to end a day at the temples.
  • Doug & Emily / April 6, 2017 / Siem Reap, Cambodia at Owl Inn / 6:36pm
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7 thoughts on “Angkor What!? Cambodia Part 2

  1. Holy smokes these pictures are stunning.

    I am of course referring to the crocodile burger sign photo and the lady boy massage pic.

    No but seriously, the temple photos are breathtaking!

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  2. breathtaking photos. wow so stunning.
    and I love how that woman is just owning you. hand on chest. what’s next, a little neck squeeze? 😉

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