Our last two days in Seam Reap were spent visiting temples that are a ways away. With an hour at the least on the road, I can say my biggest accomplishment in Cambodia was mastering the art of napping on a moving tuktuk on a bumpy dirt road. On to the photos! As always, click to enlarge.
I love this temple. It took us about an hour to get to, but still surprisingly covered by the Angkor Temple Complex Pass. Relatively small, and some areas were roped off, but the carvings were so intricate and beautiful.
Near Banteay Srei and also still covered by the Angkor pass. Grander than Srei, but not as beautiful.
Kdei was on the way home. It’s one of those temples that’s usually on the Grand Circuit tour. It felt like a mini-Bayon because of the giant faces on the gate and the carvings inside.
We woke up at 5am because Beng Mealea is a whopping two and a half hours away. Unlike most of the temples we visited previously, this was ruins and wasn’t being used for worship. Not covered by the Angkor pass, so there’s an additional 5 USD entrance fee per person.
Of course when one goes to Seam Reap, one must visit the temples, and we visited a total of thirteen during our stay. I am so, so thankful that I’ve upgraded to a (better) point and shoot that has optical zoom. There were just so many details that I wouldn’t have been able to capture because digital zoom sucks sweaty balls. (I love my Lumix LX5! ♥) I also realised on this trip, that I am more scared of heights than I know. I could feel my knees a-wobblin’ every time I had to climb. And these temple steps are fucking scary! Ancient Khmers must’ve had tiny feet haha! This was going to be just one post, but there are just too many temples! Here are some of my favourite photos from the ones we visited on days one and two. Click on the thumbnails to embiggen.
In hindsight, it would have been better to visit Angkor Wat later in the trip. Some of the other temples were a little underwhelming compared to how grand it was. Pity most of it was being restored so I don’t have a proper photo of its facade.
This originally wasn’t on our itinerary, but our tuktuk driver suggested it. It’s just a small temple, partly under restoration as well, but made of this gorgeous red-orange brick.
I think our tuktuk driver wanted to save Ta Prohm for last because he brought us here first instead. I’d originally planned to see the sunset at Pre Rup, but it was all good. It did rain though, so I wasn’t able to take as many photos as I’d like.
Ta Prohm is most known for being the temple they shot Tomb Raider at (which probably accounts for the insane number of tourists there), but regardless of the Angelina Jolie connection (and you know I love me some Angelina Jolie), it’s my favourite temple in the complex. I love how over grown with trees it is.
Another favourite because of the breathtaking, massive stone faces on each tower.
The whole time we were exploring, I was wondering what the big deal was about it, because aside from its facade, it wasn’t particularly exciting inside. But then we got to the back of the temple and saw the reclining Buddha face.
Terrace of the Elephants & Terrace of the Leper King
I was running out of battery and didn’t get to take a lot. Gorgeous sculptures though.
Scratched one more off the bucket list! The family and I took a little holiday last week and really, four days in Seam Reap isn’t enough. I now understand why my friends keep coming back.
I never got around to really blog about my Nepal trip two years ago, and I’m determined to it properly this time. Travel blogs pretty much saved me a lot of heartache when I was planning our itenirary and budget so hopefully, I can pass on the good vibes and help someone else. 🙂
There’s no need to change your bills to Riel; almost everyone accepts US Dollars but you get your change in Riel if it’s less than 1 USD. It’s about 4000 Riel to 1 USD.
PRO TIP: Bring new Dollars!
One of our bills were printed in the late 90’s, and no one would take it. I had to go to the bank to have it changed to a newer bill.