Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia

After a rather frustrating trip across the border Therese and I arrived in Cambodia in Siem Reap. It took longer than we planned and cost more than we wanted but we made it, found a great little guest house on the river, ate some food and went to sleep.

This rather uneventful day prepared us for our early morning the next day and our visit to the ancient temples of Angkor Wat.

The Angkor Wat complex is made up of multiple temples, some located near the main temple in Angkor Thom and some in the surrounding area up to 100km away. For our first day we decided to keep it local and save the temple further afield for another day.

We rented bikes from our hostel and rode from Siem Reap’s downtown core to the archeological park, riding from temple to temple, (the complex is massive, sometimes we’d pedal for 20 minutes through the jungle before we stumbled across more ruins) hopping of to explore and guzzling water along the way.

We each took about 200 photos but I’ve uploaded a selection for you to flip through. My favourite temple was the Bayon Temple in Angkor Thom. This temple is made up of 54 crumbling towers each topped with 4 massive stone carving of faces staring down at you. A close second was Ta Prohm, or what Therese and I refered to as the “jungle temple.” This one was located deep in the forest and trees grew out of the walls. It was also the site for some of the filming for Tomb Raider.

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Tomorrow Therese and I will travel further from Siem Reap to what we are calling the river temple, 50 km from the city.



7 thoughts on “Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia

  1. Amanda
    I enjoyed your photos from Siem Reap and they brought back good memories from a visit I made with some parliamentarians in 1998. At that time there were not many official visits and so we had an escort from the airport including several outriders on motorcycles. Hope you had a good birthday.
    Love Aunt Barbara

  2. Your pictures are wonderful – I’m glad you made it safely into Cambodia! The faces on the Bayon temple are very compelling, especially when you consider the age of the structures! Keep on posting!

  3. Hey Amanda!
    I found Angkor Wat to be truely amazing when I first laid my eyes on it. I found the ‘Jungle Temple’ to be wild as well. I remember those days to be long and tiring, but definitely worth every minute. You happen to see a ‘Bat Man’ tuk tuk? Well, he happened to be my driver for 3 days ;). Personally, I value all the memories I gained from my journey, and wouldn’t trade anything for them.

    Man, guess I could of gave you some advice for the border. With lack of sleep (bascially having a face of don’t mess with me), and with what seemed an extensive knowledge of particular SCAMS being played at the border. I was ready to face the battle.

    I will say this, Cambodia was probably top on my list of Asia countries to visit. The people there are always smiling, even if they are trying to rip you have ;).

    I’m not sure what you are up to for your trip. But here were a few islands I really enjoyed! Ko Muk (Close to Cambodia, though on Thailand side), and Ko Chang (Adaman Sea side) were wicked islands. Ko Muk was GORGEOUS!! Literally kool-aid light blue water, no tourists, coral right off the beach, one road ;), limited electricity (I personally was going for this. I wanted to be a bit remote. Finally found it towards the end of my journey). Ko Chang was even more remote. A road just getting started, seemed only 100 people lived on this island, few bungaloos, though water wasn’t as nice (Still loved the escape of the hustle bustle). Anyways, I’m done blabbing. I’m working nights right now, so bear with me:). Stay safe! And keep my memories coming back.

    Miss yeah,

  4. And…its Darren Johnson. James buddy from the land of B.C…if you were wondering who this weird guy may be. And yes, I should of proofread my writing. Oops! Can’t wait for bed.

      1. Obviously. Don’t be playing games with me!! I’m actually hoping to come to the old! How long you travelling for?

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