Angkor Chronicles: Sunrise at Angkor Wat and Temple Hopping

February 15, 2015

We spent only a night in Phnom Penh, and took the bus going to Siem Reap. It was a 6-hour trip. When we got to the hostel, we decided to rest, and then took our dinner at the Amazon Angkor Wat Restaurant wherein we were able to watch an apsara show, a traditional Cambodian dance. We paid US $10/pax. 

We also arranged our Angkor tour for the following days. We paid the tuktuk US $40 for the two-day temple hopping, including the sunrise trip and the far-flung temples. We woke up around 4am the following day so we could see the Angkor Wat at sunrise. It was still dark when we reached the place, we bought a three-day ticket for US $40/pax. The one-day ticket costs US $20/pax, and the 7-day ticket costs US $60/pax. Angkor Wat is part of the UNESCO World Heritage list

We went around the place to find a suitable spot, and found lots of people selling stuff. There were lots of kids selling magnets at that wee hours of the morning. But there were more people waiting around the Angkor Wat for the sunrise. The wait was worth the trouble of getting up really early; the view was magnificent.

We spent the entire time taking photos until it was time to go back at the hostel for breakfast. We misunderstood the instruction and did not go inside the temple. We told him to bring us there again when we have time. We decided to visit the other temples first on that day. 

We headed to Bayon right after breakfast. Bayon is a Buddhist temple built around the 13th century. According to this, it represents the intersection of heaven and earth. 
Bayon Temple

When we left Bayon temple, we went to Baphuon, the huge temple in the mountain. The said temple was built in the mid-11th century, and one of the oldest temples in the complex. This temple was restored, and reopened in April 2011. 
happy smile :P
my view of the temple

We climbed that stairs to be able to see the carvings. Not my strength for I have fear of heights, but should be worth the effort. But wait, the next temple was another issue. We went to Phimeneakas which is the tallest temple in Angkor Thom. Steep. Huhu.
We went next to Thommanon, a small temple. This was built late 11th century.
We visited the Terrace of the Leper King, this was built in the late 12th century. The carvings here are very impressive. This is a bit like a maze. 
We took a quick lunch, and then went to Ta Prohm, the jungle temple. This temple is very photogenic, and it helps that there are many huge trees in the area. Few scenes of the Tomb Raider was shot here.
Ta Phrom

Funny story, I climbed these rocks thinking that I am allowed to do just that, and asked my friend to take my photo. Suddenly, someone pointed the No Climbing sign. I did not see it, promise. :P
hangsaya :P
We also visited the Bantay Kdei, which is known as the Citadel of Chambers. This was built in the early 13th century. This was the last temple we visited, I was already feeling under the weather at this time. 
Bantay Kdei

We visited a lot of temples on our first day, and were able to see the magnificent view of the Angkor Wat during sunrise. Not bad, right? 
here's to more adventures!

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