I traveled to Siem Reap with my brothas Kuya Man, Kuya Jayson, and JP back in April 2014. It was the second stop of our Indochina Trip, covering Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand.
We stayed at Lin Ratanak Angkor Hotel & Spa, where we got a free upgrade to a suite room!
With only two days to spend, we dedicated one whole day in the world’s largest religious monument, the Angkor Wat.
We got there at 4am to catch the majestic sunrise and spent the rest of the day touring around the complex. Mind you, we haven’t even visited all temples despite having the entire day for it because (1) the temples are situated far from one another that you must either rent a bike or ride a tuktuk for transfers, and (2) each temple has large land area that it really takes time to explore each.
The glorious sunrise exceeded my expectations. WAT. A. BEAUT!
But look at the pack of people who likewise woke up before 4am to witness the sunrise!
After the spectacle, we explored the interiors of Angkor Wat.
The temple of Angkor Wat is the heart and soul of Cambodia and a source of fierce national pride. Unlike the other Angkor monuments, it was never abandoned to the elements and has been in virtually continuous use since it was built.
We also visited other temples:
Undoubtedly the most atmospheric ruin at Angkor, Ta Prohm should be high on the hit list of every visitor. Its appeal lies in the fact that, unlike the other monuments of Angkor, it has been swallowed by the jungle, and looks very much the way most of the monuments of Angkor appeared when European explorers first stumbled upon them.
The temple of Ta Prohm was used as a location in the film Tomb Raider!
Known as the ‘face temple’ thanks to its iconic visages, these huge heads glare down from every angle, exuding power and control with a hint of humanity. Its 54 Gothic towers are decorated with 216 gargantuan smiling faces of Avalokiteshvara. Wow!
This was dedicated to the Hindu God Vishnu. The monument contains both Hindu and Buddhist depictions. The images of the Buddha were destroyed, probably around mid 13th century, when Jayavarman VIII came to power, who worshipped Shiva.
Grabe the details, right???
I wanted to grab these hats! Tourist everywhere!
This is the largest complexes at Angkor, a maze vaulted corridors, fine carvings and lichen-clad stonework. It is a good counterpoint to Ta Prohm and generally sees slightly fewer visitors.
Just chilling in between adventures.
It is a temple mountain in honor of the Hindu god Shiva and one of the oldest Angkorian temples in the Angkor Archeological Park.
After the temple hopping, we went to Pub Street for dinner and foot massage!
Nobody can argue against that after walking the whole day, right?
Pub Street is Siem Reap’s travelers’ hub. There’s no better place to spend the night after the exhausting whole day tour at Angkor Wat but here, chilling. 🙂
The next morning, we were headed to Bangkok!