Our first day in Siem Reap, started before the break of dawn, hoping to catch the burst of colors as the sun rises at the ANGKOR WAT Temples. Our booked tuktuk ride was outside the hotel by 4:30am waiting to fetch us and brought to these massive ANGKOR Complex stretching over some 400 sqkm and consists of some hundreds of temples and monuments, hydraulic structures and ancient urban plans. Among the famous temples that we planned to visit are the Angkor Wat, the Bayon, and Ta Prohm.
The ANGKOR WAT
It was still dark when we got there but a lot of people with their cameras and flashlights have already positioned themselves infront of the lake, some with their tripods. I just looked for a spot at the back and tiptoed to get a clear shot without all the heads popping out on my frame. But the thick clouds hovering around the area hindered the sun to show its majesty as it rises, nonetheless as the Angkor temple slowly appeared into sight at the break of dawn, the splendor of the ancient monument awed us into silence.
Getting there, we have to secure an entry pass. A one day entry around the ANGKOR Complex costs 20USD. Get your smiles ready as the camera flashes, your ID will be ready in a few seconds.
|little Khmers trying to make a living|
On board the tuktuk we headed to the BAYON Temple after our breakfast at the Angkor Wat. We will return there before the sun sets to explore the place and hopefully get the chance to see its beauty when the hues of sunset enveloped the Angkor Wat.
ANGKOR THOM COMPLEX (Big Angkor)
Angkor Thom is the last capital city of the Angkorian Empire. King Jayavarman VII upon recapturing this area from the Cham invaders started building massive structures inside this 3 sqkm walled royal city including his state temple, the Bayon.
The BAYON Temple
|that smiling face!|
|view from the road|
|elephant ride at the east area of the Bayon temple|
|there'll be lots of walks and some steep climbs while checking out the huge Angkor Thom Complex|
|The Terrace of the Elephant is usually where the King would view his returning victorious army. It's also the platform used by him for grand ceremonies|
|This is the king's view standing at the base of Terrace of the Elephants.|
|This is called Terrace of the Leper King because it's reminiscent of a Cambodian legend who had leprosy. It's also believed that the U-shaped structure was a royal cremation site.|