On the second day, we hired a tuk-tuk (US$12) for a full day to bring us about the Angkor archaeological complex. The day started out quite cooling but by the time mid-day arrives…it becomes burning HOT!!! (especially if you’re heading to Angkor Wat). So drink lots of water please! Anyway, the driver dropped us off at Bayon…
… and there’s a mapped circuit for us to walk from one temple to another in this area. So, it’s quite convenient. At around 9-ish, the tourist crowd starts to overflow the area at the Bayon so plan your route properly if you want to avoid them. SOME! of these tourists are quite rude and they walk about like-a-boss -.- Especially when you’re trying to take a photo, they’ll just walk pass your lens like they OWN the place. Best part? They know that you’re taking a picture but they don’t freaking care. Wts. Damn freaking rude please! Super pissed off 😡
At the temple, they are also a lot of interesting rocks, so take note of those. Because after a while, all the temples will look the same to me. And it’s these carvings that helped me to differentiate and enjoy the rest of them. (Note: WordPress is screwing up my alignment here.)
From there, we walked to Baphuon. There’s actually a long bridge leading to the temple. So if you’re lucky and
1. there’s nobody in front of you
you can certainly do so 🙂
At this point, the temple is super deceptive with the stairs I had to climb -.- At the top, I thought there was no more staircase BUT!
there was another small one to climb to REACH the peak PEAK. -.-
After that we walked through a forest and saw the Phimeanakas. It was rather small so most people just take a glance at it and walk away.
After that, we have the elephant terrace. One that I felt had more unique carvings that are easily identifiable and distinguishable from the rest 🙂 Like duh!
Then a stretch of “wall” nearby, the Leper King terrace.
The circuit ends at the Leper King Terrace and you’ll be “force” to walk pass the people selling souvenirs though they are not as pushy as the kids in the more remote temples so its easier if you want to reject them. As we headed off for lunch, we drove pass Ta Keo and made a short pit-stop there. The temple was under construction so we just took a picture and went off.
After lunch, next up on the list… Ta Prohm. Overflowing with people, I did not stay long at this place. Just took a picture of a random tree with roots growing over the temple structure. Lol.
Next was Banteay Kdei…I think. A rather open, spacious temple complex.
Here are two other temples whose name are lost to me 😛 They are opposite each other if I remembered correctly…
And in the late afternoon, the famous Angkor Wat (and a classic shot).
There are many carvings on the walls within the temple complex and if you’re interested, get a guidebook or hire a temple guide. I suppose it’ll be quite informative.
One of my main objectives when I went to the temples was to see the sunset and sunrise. There was two choice for sunrise: Phnom Bakheng and Angkor Wat. Since I was going to be seeing the sunrise at Angkor Wat, I decided to go to Bakheng temple (on a short hilltop). It was a slight disappointment, not at all like the fiery red sunset I imagined it would be. But now, I found that the anti-climatic sunset was a nice end to the rather tiring day.