Siem Reap 2013 – Temples: Days 1 & 2

My temple passes to the Angkor Wat temple complex and to Beng Mealea.
My temple passes to the Angkor Wat temple complex and to Beng Mealea.

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.

Angkor Wat

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.

Prasat Kravan

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.

Pre Rup

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

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.

The rest of Day 1 photos here.


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.

The rest of Day 2 photos here.

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