Here’s Day 1’s & Day 2’s recap:
Siem Reap Day 1: Khmer Kitchen Restaurant & Artisans d’Angkor (Part 1)
Siem Reap Day 1: Angkor Temples – Preah Khan & South Gate & North Gate of Angkor Thom (Part 2)
Siem Reap Day 2: Center Market (Phsar Kandal) & Red Piano
On Day 3, we had an early breakfast at our B&B and then we’re off to the temples. I was back to my normal self. No more stomach-ache or nausea. Wohoo! &*@^!# carrot juice & antibiotics!!!
This will be our last day visiting the temples (as this is the third day; our temple pass expires today). We started our morning adventure at Angkor Wat.
In our tuk-tuk with morning breeze hitting our face and a view of Angkor Wat not far ahead.
They’re coming! Japanese, Korean, Taiwanese…
If you want to avoid ‘CROWDS’ come earlier… say 6am-7am. Hehe But not us. We’re okay with it. The time is 8am. Roger that.
Ahh loooook! Angkor Wat’s front facade is undergoing restoration. Aww too bad.
Walking on the main causeway. The magnificent Angkor Wat standing tall and proud.
I love this ‘dreamy’ like scenery. It was taken along the long walk towards Angkor Wat, left side somewhere near the library.
‘Must-take-compulsory’ photo of Angkor Wat with the temple reflected in the pool (tsk this is dry season hehe). This is the best I’ve got. Others were hideous. Haha
We found a lavatory behind the monastery on the left side right after the pool and stalls. A compulsory visit is a must!
1,000 riel (equivalent to about US$0.25). We pay to a small boy monk.
Even in daylight, you can’t see anything in the toilet. All I did was quickly do what I have to do and get out of there fast!
The Bas Relief Galleries which covers the whole 4 outer walls of Angkor Wat… from top to bottom, left to right. Seen here is the Battle of Lanka. It was really impressive… the detailed carvings, the color of the stone. Some are red and green! If you have plenty of time and are really interested, take time to go by all of them. I think you will need to spend whole day in Angkor Wat! Haha
This is the Gallery of 1,000 Buddhas (only some Buddha relics can be seen today as most were removed and stolen). In the middle is a pool (there are 4 ‘empty’ pools in total).
I love how the morning sun light up the pillars. Very HDR-like. Perhaps I shall process this in Photomatix.
Charming… with a little morning sun flare.
These are the Apsara dancers carvings. Apsara means celestial maiden/bidadari/tin lui.
I love this angle. Was sitting here resting and to get away from the 9am sun at Angkor Wat.
This is the 2nd level of the temple.
Tourists are queuing up. What for?
To go up the top most level, the towers.
When I was there (February 2010), this is the only place to go up. The authority have shut down others stairs entrance to the towers. I think this is good for the safety of the tourist.
Look at the sandstones… see how they stack ‘em? AMAZING yeah? I wonder how they haul the sandstones up there.
One way up, one way down. These are man-made stairs with railings.
I bet the view up there would be really stunning.
I didn’t go up. Was contemplating whether I should and just when I decide I wanted to… suddenly I find myself lost in the seas of Japanese/Korean/Taiwanese. Looks like they have catch up on me!
No regrets though. I know I will be back.
Old and ancient. Pretty and detailed. Wonder of the world Angkor Wat was and still is.
I must admit I’m really fortunate to have step on the soils of 2 wonders of the world, namely Angkor Wat and Great Wall of China.
On the 2nd level there are a few places with stone slabs. That’s where we sat, rest and admire the beauty of Angkor Wat. I really did not want to leave. But the heats and tourist forced me to!
A mystical-dreamy-Tolkien-like tree at Angkor Wat. It’s on the right side of the library (near the pony/horse?).
I have more photos actually but I think this is enough to slow down the loading time? Hehe
The best time to visit Angkor Wat is actually mid-afternoon but I know the heat would be horrendous. Even the morning sun is giving me a hard time.
When we were exiting Angkor Wat about 9.40am, just walking along the main causeway was a hardship. It was THAT HOT!!! Even with the help of an umbrella and a hat! Every time the sun is shining, I find a spot to hide. And every time the sun is hiding behind clouds, I hasten my steps.
At last we reach the main entrance. Very easily we found our driver and we demanded another toilet break. Haha There’s a toilet just opposite Angkor Wat (too far to walk, no, too hot to walk). After freshen up, our Indiana Jones spirit is still there (although diminishing fast as the sky is turning into a hot oven), we told our tuk-tuk driver to bring us to Ta Prohm.
When we reached Ta Prohm (yes this is where Tomb Raider’s was filmed), guess what? CROWDS again! This time too many. Haha
Awww too bad, some restoration work is going on too. Soon everything will be ‘fakey’. You know what I mean?
Ta Prohm was built in dedication to Jayavarnam VII’s mother. Whereas Preah Khan was a dedication to his father.
What else to say except magical.
Ahh puzzle time?
Trees growing and taking over the temples. Notice the background tree on the left?
That’s it from Ta Prohm. We were there for like only 20 minutes. Ta Prohm is quite small actually (correct me if I’m wrong) and with the non-stop incoming legions of tourist, all that I wanted to see is diminished. No feeling of magic.
Ta Prohm would be good at 6am or 7am in the morning… with the morning rays shining through the leaves of the trees. That would be magical.
Let’s run. No point staying here. Ta Prohm is too small for all of us.
Even with all these trees shadowing us we are still sweating like nuts.
My tuk-tuk driver has a ‘shock’ face painted on him when we greeted him. LOL That must be the fastest visit ever by any tourists to Ta Prohm. A RECORD!!! hahaha
We told him which temple to go to next… judging that it’s going to be mid afternoon soon we better hurry for we are going to melt… Hahahaha
To be continued…