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Amazing Temples of Angkor

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A May 2005 trip to Angkor Wat by Kez

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Quote: Angkor Wat is usually the collective term used to cover the numerous temples found in the Siem Reap area. Although Angkor Wat is one of the major sites, it is one of many equally amazing temples to visit.

Amazing Temples of Angkor

Overview

Temple Complex of Angkor Wat Photo, Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Surrounded by a huge moat, Angkor Wat is one of the major temple complexes found here but there are also many others. These include the walled complex of Angkor Thom that holds the Bayon with its huge enigmatic faces, along with the Baphuon, Phimeanakas, and the Terrace of the Elephants. Then there is also Phnom Bakhengm that offers one of the best spots to view the sunset over Angkor Wat, Banteay Srei with its beautiful carvings, and the jungle choked Ta Prohm that was featured in Tomb Raider. That is just to name a few of the major sites. Then there are many, many more.How much you see all depends on how much time you have, and how many take your interest, but mainly how long it is until ...Read More

Angkor Thom

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Attraction

Temple Complex of Angkor Wat Photo, Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Angkor Thom is a walled complex that holds the Bayon. This was one of my favourite temple complexes, and the most amazing thing was that from a distance it looks like a pile of rubble. It is only as you are about to enter that you realize that all four sides, of the 54 towers, are carved with enigmatic smiling faces—these faces vary in features as well. The experts agree that there are four main types, it is really amazing, you have to see it!.On entry, turn to your left and follow the gallery along a mesmerizing sequence of stories. They may not be in technicolour, but the carving and the events depicted are so detailed, and graphic, that you feel you are watching a movie unfold before you. Armies...Read More

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Angkor Thom
Siem Reap
Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Temple Complex of Angkor Wat

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Attraction | "Angkor Wat"

Temple Complex of Angkor Wat Photo, Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Angkor Wat is so amazing and huge, in both area and height. Because of the lighting, it is best to visit after 2pm. Keep your eyes peeled for the families of monkeys on the side of the road just before you reach Angkor Wat. They make a great photo opportunity. When you first arrive you enter through a long causeway over the moat, into the temple complex itself. We opted to walk on into the centre of the main temple complex first. If you do this remember that the gallery in the outside wall holds some of the most amazing bas-relief carvings, including the famous Churning of the Ocean Milk. These extend around the interior of the wall, about 1km in total. If...Read More

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Temple Complex of Angkor Wat
5.5 Km North of Siem Reap
Angkor, Cambodia

Phnom Bakheng

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Attraction | "Phnom Bakheng - the place for a sunset view"

Temple Complex of Angkor Wat Photo, Siem Reap, Cambodia
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One of the best vantage points for a sunset over Angkor Wat is Phnom Bakheng. This temple is more famous for its sunset views than for the temple itself. Most people don’t even look around. The temple itself is not outstanding, so once the sun has set the crowds make their way back down to the ground. It is a very steep route either way. The pathway is crisscrossed with gnarled tree roots and, in parts, is washed away—I would imagine it would be very slippery when wet. There are elephants that can take you to the top for $15, but to be honest you had to feel sorry for the elephants as most people taking this option could have done with the walk. Unluckily for us being the hot season, and&...Read More

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Phnom Bakheng
Siem Reap Area
Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Banteay Srei

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Attraction | "Lesser known temples - Banteay Srey & Pre Rup"

Temple Complex of Angkor Wat Photo, Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Banteay Srey translates to "Citadel of the Woman," but most people agree it refers to the really delicate carvings found here. Carved from a beautiful rose colored sandstone, the style of carvings differ to the other temples in the area as they do not feature the Aspara’s (heavenly nymphs), but are of a more decorative style of flower with stylized leaves, and also feature animals but not in the heat of battle. Although Banteay Srey still contained the Angkor style towers but of a smaller size, the carvings to me had a more Hindu or Indian feel. The ruin was very uncrowded, in fact, I think we were nearly the only tourists here. This is probably due to the fact that it is located about 38...Read More

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Banteay Srei
21 km North East of the Bayon
Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Ta Prohm

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Attraction | "Ta Prohm aka Tomb Raider Temple"

Temple Complex of Angkor Wat Photo, Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Lara Croft step aside! If you have time, do not miss this temple that is featured in the Tomb Raider movie. Although it has not been carved with the same attention to detail as some of the other temples, it is one of the most atmospheric temples as it has been left in its natural state so that the giant fig roots are just slowly taking over and crushing it. It is nearly totally in shadow from the trees so it gives the feeling of being an intrepid explorer, wandering along the dark passageways and inner courtyards. Surprisingly, it was not in the least crowded and offered some fantastic photographic opportunities within it's shadowy passages and amongst the giant strangler fig's gnarled and twi...Read More

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Ta Prohm
Siem Reap
Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Quick tips on visiting the temples

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Temple Complex of Angkor Wat Photo, Siem Reap, Cambodia
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You need to purchase a pass that covers entry into all the temples in the area. We bought a 3-day pass for $40. There is a 1-day pass and also a 7-day pass, but unless you are a serious temple buff you will probably find you will start to suffer from temple burnout before you utilise all 7-days. Unfortunately, the main drawback with the passes is that they need to be used on consecutive days, so even if you have time up your sleeve, you can't break the the days up and have a a couple of rest days in between. If you buy the pass after 4pm, this allows you to use it that first afternoon for the sunset, with day 1 being the following day. You buy the pass at the checkpoint...Read More

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Kez

Kez
Broadbeach Waters, Australia