Angkor Thom-Bayon Temple
Bayon is a mesmerizing 12th century temple showing vivid scenes of everyday life in Cambodia. The scenes depicted are from civil war, Khmer circus & Khmer kingdom. The ruined building has numerous smiling faces symbolizing the elegance and dignity.
Buddhist Monk in Angkor Wat Temple
Monks in their vivid colored saffron robes, provide a striking contrast against the sandstone of Angkor temples, making it an interesting subject for photography. They can be spotted in temples and pagodas by the altars praying. I spotted this one trying to open a Can of Coke.
Ta Phrom Temple
The famous Tomb Rider temple, largely left to the clutches of the living jungle is heavily ruined. With its dynamic interaction between nature and man made art, this atmospheric temple presents a great gopuras -domes intertwined with large roots of sung trees
Khmer Child of Cambodia
Those instances when I kept complaining about trivial things that didn’t add to a sum in my normal routine, they vanished when I saw the state of these people. Cambodia makes you realize what’s truly important in life. No wonder Angelina Jolie was touched and adopted a Khmer kid after her movie stint. Witnessing how difficult their life is enough to encourage you to do well on your own.
Kompong Phlouk Floating Village
If you want to get out of the touristy Siem Reap then head to one of the nearby floating villages and glimpse into traditional fishermen’s lives. The two closest ones are Kompong Phlouk and Kompong Khleang, the second being the less touristy of the two.
Pristine Lakes of Siem Reap
Siem Reap is more than just Angkor Wat. Pristine lakes and clear waters around Cambodia gives you ample opportunities to take renewal breaks from temple walks round the day and enjoy the lazy lifestyle of Cambodian culture.
Natural Expanse and lovely sunrise scenes
Banteay Srei Temple
A Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva, is wonderfully well preserved and many of its carvings are three-dimensional. The temple is believed to be built by a woman as the carvings are supposedly too fine for the hand of a man. A brahman tutor of king Jayavarman commissioned this temple.
Old and strong Trees
Deep in lush jungles of Siem Reap, a massive 700 years old city embodies many such trees in the complex of Angkor Wat that has spread its wings to millions of travelers to rest and enjoy the subtle wind that blows beneath its bosom.
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