Almost everyone know that Siem Reap is famous for Angkor Wat. There isn’t much to write about Siem Reap except to fore-warn that you will probably be visiting one temple after another throughout your whole trip.
It can get a bit tiring and frustrating, especially that at most temples you will be faced with hundreds of tourist from all parts of the world rushing through and taking photos with their cell phones and whatnots. I find that if you are prepared to take your time and slow down just to savour the sights, you will find windows of opportunity when the serenity of the place will return after the hordes of tourist have rushed through.
Still, there are certain temples that is on the itinerary of almost all tourists to Siem Reap and like most tourist (especially since this is our first visit to Siem Reap) we felt compelled to include them in our must visit list.
I have forgotten the name of the hotel that we stayed in. It is a little way off from the Pub Street (Siem Reap town) but nothing that a USD 2 or 3 tuk-tuk ride couldn’t take care of. It is a beautiful hotel with a large and inviting swimming pool, beautiful big room and shower facilities with a balcony with coffee table and comfortable chairs to lounge in.
Lobby of the hotel
Bayon Temple – this is the temple with the Buddha facing four directions (NSEW). I will let the photos do the talking.
Ta Prohm – the temple that was make famous by the movie “The Tomb Raider”
Angkor Wat – this temple is more than 900 years old and is the largest religious site in the world.
Banteay Srei – the temple is constructed with pink sandstone. It is a beautiful small temple with intricately carved walls and amazing pink and green colours in the stone.
Pre Prup – which means “turning the body” hence the suggestions that this temple was used as a crematorium.
Prasad Kraram – this is a very small temple. Still, its’ worthwhile to stop for 20 mins or so to have a look.
To be continued in Siem Reap Part 2.
All photos shot with a Nikon D810 and Nikkor 24-85mm f3.5-4.5g lens.