Friday, July 25, 2014

Siem Reap Trip 2014 - Ta Prohm

After lunch, we visted Ta Prohm. This temple is different from the rest of the temples. Due to neglect, the temple were merged with the jungles, which explained the several trees seem to be rooted into the temple walls.

Another reason why the temple was so famous, it was because of the movie, Tomb Raider, which starred Angelina Jolie. Some scenes of the movie was shot in this temple.

Pictures of the before and after restoration of the temple.

Some restoration works still being done at the temple.

As it was starting to drizzle, we hurried out of the exit, but seems like we exit at the wrong exit. We were supposed to meet our driver at the east part of the temple.

Then came the heavy downpour, we had no choice but to take a tuk tuk to look for our van. The ride was only US$2 and luckily we found our van but the kind driver had already run into the temple with four umbrellas to look for us lol. The rain stopped as quickly as it came and brother in law went in to look for the driver.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Siem Reap Trip 2014 - Day 2 -Khmer Lunch

The driver brought us to a Khmer Restaurant in the vicinity of Angkor Thom City. The prices here were about double what we paid at the Khmer Restaurant in PUB Street.

Fried chicken meat

Sweet and Sour Pork

Assorted Vegetables and Fried Spring roll

Fish Amok

After lunch, we rested for a while in the hammock in the restaurant's back yard.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Siem Reap Trip 2014 - Terrace of the Elephants

We were supposed to cover about eight temple ruins but think we skipped a few cause besides getting tired,sorry to say and frankly speaking a bit bored hahaha. Hubby and Brother in law did covered quite a bit of the sightseeing except sis and me. Guess we were too busy chatting and resting. At our age, we really do not have the energy and stamina.

Nearer to the car park, were the Terrace of the Elephants, it was part of the walled city of Angkor Thom.

We had to look for our driver and van in the car park after about two hours of sightseeing of the ruins.

There were many vendors trying to get tourists to buy their wares/souvenirs from them. You really need to bargain with them but glad that they ignore us cause they were too busy chasing after the big bus load of china tourists hahaha.

In our van, we saw more temple ruins being restored. Really fascinated by the rich history of Angkor Thom.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Siem Reap Trip 2014 - Baphuon Temple Ruins

Next sightseeing was this beautiful Baphuon Temple. Built in the mid-11th century, it is a three-tiered temple mountain built as the state temple of Udayadityavarman II dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva. It is the archetype of the Baphuon style. You can read more informaton from wikipedia.

Sis and me did not attempt to climb all the way up to the temple cause we were very tired and the hot weather is not helping too. So only my hubby and my brother in law climb all the way to the top of the temple.

We found a good spot to rest with plenty of shades and huge fallen stones served as seats.

As I did not climb to the top, the photos of the interior and top of the temple were taken by my hubby.

There were many steep and narrow steps to climb, glad that I did not insist of climbing otherwise my weak knees will give me problem. I reserved my leg power for Angkor Wat hahaha.

Took this video with my iphone of my hubby and brother in law. They were at the top most of the temple on the right hand corner. See how small they look.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Siem Reap Trip 2014 - Day 2 - Bayon Temple Ruins

Finally we get to visit the Bayon Temple Ruins, lots of restoration works going on, the cranes dont blend in well with the temple. Such a pity that could not get a good photo of the front of the temple ruins without all the cranes.

The Bayon (Khmer: ប្រាសាទបាយ័ន, Prasat Bayon) is a well-known and richly decorated Khmer temple at Angkor in Cambodia. Built in the late 12th or early 13th century as the official state temple of the Mahayana Buddhist King Jayavarman VII, the Bayon stands at the centre of Jayavarman's capital, Angkor Thom. Following Jayavarman's death, it was modified and augmented by later Hindu and Theravada Buddhist kings in accordance with their own religious preferences. You can read more information from wikipedia.

The outer wall of the outer gallery features a series of bas-reliefs depicting historical events and scenes from the everyday life of the Angkorian Khmer. (Source: wikipedia.

There's lot of walking and climbing in here, so do climb carefull as some of the steps are very narrow.

Just like the tower of the South Gate, there are giant faces at the top of the temple too.

Had a good time doing some candid and funny shots at the temple, took lots of selfies too.

Lots of nice angle for good photography.

Everything in here looks black and white so wearing colourful clothings will make you stand out from the crowd just like these people. You have to pay a fee to pose with them.

A tourist guide (need to pay for their service) explaining the history to his clients. I noticed that all the local tourist guides have to wear a standard uniform and carry an identification badge.

Lots of nice anicent figurines carved onto the pillars and walls of the temples.

The back exit of the temple ruins.

Map showing the location of Bayon.

Video of worker doing some maintenance work at the Bayon Temple Ruins.