Welcome back guys! This week I’m going to continue my sweet escape in Siem Reap so if u guys ready let’s go 🙂
I woke up early…(way too early for me actually) for the second day because we were going to see the sun rise at the Angkor Wat. I got ready and took a Tuk Tuk straight to the Angkor Wat around 4.3o am. When I arrived there, I queued up for the ticket. There were so many people waiting there to see the sunrise which made me thought of the quote “see Angkor Wat and die”. Fortunately, I already saw it so I could die happily lol. But guys believe me that this place is a must. The picture that I took might not look that great but the real one was spectacular.
Angkor Wat was built by Suryavaramarn II. It is the heart and soul of Cambodia. One thing that I found it very interesting about Angkor Wat is that it has more than 3000 beguiling Apsaras (heavenly nymphs) carved into its walls. Each of them is unique with different hair styles. I really enjoyed walking around and seeing them in details.
I walked and took pictures around Angkor Wat for a few hours then headed to other temples. As I have mentioned that most of the temples are located in the Angkor complex so it took me only few minutes to travel from place to place.
Bayon temple was my second stop. It was the state temple of King Jayavarman VII which built at the end of the 12thcentury. The temple represents the intersection of heaven and earth. Bayon is known for its huge stone faces of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, with one facing outward and keeping watch at each compass point. There are 51 smaller towers surrounding Bayon, each with four faces of its own.
The curious smiling faces around the temples made this place very captivating and standing out from other temples. I think it definitely worth visiting. This place might be a bit crowded depending on the time. I heard that to watch the sunset at Bayon Temple is amazing. Although I have never experience it, I still believe that it must be great!
Ta Prohm was my next destination. This temple is beautiful with the sense of living jungle. It has a perfect interaction between nature and man-made art. Ta Prohm was a Buddhist temple dedicated to the mother of King Jayavarman VII. It was constructed in the late 12th century to early 13th century.
Ta Prohm is an excellent example of the monastic complex style temples.It is extensively ruined, but you can still explore numerous towers, close courtyards and narrow corridors. This place was where the Indiana Jones and Tomb Raider filmed, therefore; it really gave a feeling of these two movies. If you are a fan of them, you have no reason for not going to this place!
My last stop was at Phnom Bakheng temple. It was built by Yasovarman I. Phnom Bakheng has five tiers with seven levels. I headed there to see the sunset view over the Angkor Wat so I got there around 4 pm in order to have enough time to climb up to the top of the hill. At Phnom Bakheng, I could see a panoramic view of the landscape and also the beautiful Angkor Wat from the top. It became more beautiful when the sun does set. My recommendation is to get there early to get a nice spot and wear a comfy shoes because you have to hike up the hill. Believe me, this place is worth your time!
These places are the one that you shouldn’t miss and I have to say that a trip to Siem Reap is a must! You should go there once in your life. I’m the one who got there and always want to go back again and again. I think there is something special in Siem Reap and one time is not enough for me 🙂