Travel Blogs from Angkor Wat, Cambodia

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Day 2 of the Angkor Temples, Siam Reap, Cambodia travel blog

Day 2 of the Angkor Temples

A travel blog entry by christianbjork

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... This time, I went East at Angkor, and entered at the Eastern gate.  I went in for the 2nd time to Angkor Wat (having briefly entered via the Western gate yesterday) and took my time walking around.  The most impressive sections for me ...

Movin' On, Siem Riep, Cambodia travel blog

Movin' On

A travel blog entry by ryanmcalpin

... by bus today because they 'forgot' to give it back to me when we checked out. Great. So, sunset at the famous Angkor Wat temple tonight. Hopefully a full day of jungle temple ruin exploration tomorrow and then a shit-bag ride over what are condsidered ...

Another Overgrown Temple, Beng Meala, Cambodia travel blog

Another Overgrown Temple

A travel blog entry by minerguy

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... was going to end up where I wanted and not get stranded.  The temple, Beng Mealea, has the same outer dimensions as of Angkor Wat and was built shortly after that one, but was never anywhere near as built up or ornate.  There was a wooden ...

Happy New Year from Cambodia!, Angkor Wat, Cambodia, Cambodia travel blog

Happy New Year from Cambodia!

A travel blog entry by nadineandduncan

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... were on an organised tour they had a bus to ferry the group between the various sites, complete with a local guide called Sambath. Angkor Wat is the most famous temple (except from  the one which the Lara Croft movie was based in and around perhaps) ...

Angkor What?, Angkor Wat, Cambodia travel blog

Angkor What?

A travel blog entry by sabarod

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Although Angkor Wat is known worldwide as the single temple in all the travel photos, it actually refers to a huge complex of structures built by the Khmer devaraja (god-kings). They tried to one-up each other from the 9th to 13th centuries, culminating ...

Angkor Wat - How did they bloody loose this place?, Angkor Wat  - Siem Reap, Cambodia travel blog

Angkor Wat - How did they bloody loose this place?

A travel blog entry by cornishozzy

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... sun set. The first temple I visited was (Bayon) which was incredible but the other ones surrounding it were less impressive. When I got to Angkor Wat it was promising to be a great sunset and so I headed to the top of the temple to get a good view. ...

East Mebon, East Mebon, Cambodia travel blog

East Mebon

A travel blog entry by jef_smi

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... years better than many other structures at Angkor. "Could any conception be lovelier, a vast expanse of sky-tinted water as wetting for a perfectly ordered temple" (Helen Churchill Candee, Angkor: The Magnificent, The Wonder City of Ancient ...

Ta Prohm, Ta Prohm, Cambodia travel blog

Ta Prohm

A travel blog entry by jef_smi

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This site is featured in 2001's Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.  It was built in 1186 during the reign of Jayavarman II.  I did not come to see it so much for the history as to see the shifting battle with Nature that has taken place here over ...

Spean Thma, Spean Thma, Cambodia travel blog

Spean Thma

A travel blog entry by jef_smi

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I included this site in my itinerary because it was once a bridge and... I love bridges.  The piers are huge and the spans tiny because they are corbelled.  The builders probably did not consult any hydrologists to determine how this might ...

Prasat Kravan, Prasat Kravan, Cambodia travel blog

Prasat Kravan

A travel blog entry by jef_smi

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... .  After that, it began to decline but was still powerful in the region until the fifteenth century.  Angkor was the centre of the Empire's power.  The ancient Khmers were Hindu but eventually converted to Buddhism.  This ...

Angkor Wat - Sunset, Angkor Wat, Cambodia travel blog

Angkor Wat - Sunset

A travel blog entry by jef_smi

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This is it.  The main attraction.  Built in the first half of the twelfth century during the reign of Suryavarman II, this is the mainstay of the Cambodian tourism industry and is featured on the country's flag.  The 1024-by-802-metre ...

The Citadel for women, Banteay Srei, Cambodia travel blog

The Citadel for women

A travel blog entry by shilts

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The Tuk Tuk took over an hour to get to this fantastic temple. the sculptures were just amazingly ornate. My favourite temple by ...

Steine, Angkor Wat, Cambodia travel blog

Steine

A travel blog entry by kahuamweh

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... den man aus vielen Filmen kennt (Tomb Raider oder Indiana Jones), mit Baeumen ueberwachsen, riesige Wurzeln auf den Steinmauern. Unsere Tour endete wieder vor Angkor Wat. Ein schoenes Sonnenuntergangfoto wurde uns von den Wolken leider nicht ...

Bayon, Bayon, Cambodia travel blog

Bayon

A travel blog entry by jef_smi

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This 800-year-old structure is one of the most famous monuments at Angkor.  The approximately 200 large faces staring down from its towers are said to resemble its patron Jayavarman VII's face.  Although it was crowded with tourists, I ...

Phnom Bakeng, Phnom Bakeng, Cambodia travel blog

Phnom Bakeng

A travel blog entry by jef_smi

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... sometimes called First Angkor.  I watched my final Angkor sunset here. --------- My three-day exploration of the sights of Angkor was finished and I was exhaused.  Getting up around 5:30 each day and climbing ruins a la Indiana Jones had ...

Baksei Chamkrong, Baksei Chamkrong, Cambodia travel blog

Baksei Chamkrong

A travel blog entry by jef_smi

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Construction on this Hindu shrine started during the reign of Harshavarman I and was completed during the reign of Rajendravarman II from 944 to 968.  The proportions and size of this monument make it quite striking and attractive.  I was alone ...

Banteay Kdei, Banteay Kdei, Cambodia travel blog

Banteay Kdei

A travel blog entry by jef_smi

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This temple has been continuously occupied by monks since its construction during the reign of Jayavarman VII around 1200.  The only interruption in this occupancy was during the 1960's when it was reportedly inhabited by a group of dangerous wild ...

Chapel of the Hospital, Chapel of the Hospital, Cambodia travel blog

Chapel of the Hospital

A travel blog entry by jef_smi

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I was alone walking up to this small structure in a serene setting and got to enjoy a few oranges while sitting in the play of light and shadow that surrounded it.  It was built as a chapel in one of the 102 hospitals constructed during the reign of ...

Baphuon, Baphuon, Cambodia travel blog

Baphuon

A travel blog entry by jef_smi

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This monstrous building was the site of two distinct construction regimes.  It was initially constructed as a Hindu temple dedicated to the god Shiva in 1060 by Udayadityavarman II.  Around 1500, parts of it were deconstructed and the stones ...

Angkor Thom, Angkor Wat, Cambodia travel blog

Angkor Thom

A travel blog entry by darrenstravels

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... empire.  9km square, it is estimated to have had a population of 80,000. Today it is another stop on the normal tour of Angkor Wat.  A few km up the road from AW, the city walls loom into place, with large stone faces bearing down on you, while ...

Chau Say Tevoda, Chau Say Tevoda, Cambodia travel blog

Chau Say Tevoda

A travel blog entry by jef_smi

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This complex was built by Suryavarman II around 1100 as a Hindu ...

Angkor Wat, Angkor Wat, Cambodia travel blog

Angkor Wat

A travel blog entry by darrenstravels

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So, onto the THE attraction in Cambodia - Angkor Wat.  In short, Angkor Wat is a very large temple built in the 12th century.  It is the most important of Cambodian temples, and as such is a very popular place to visit.  In the immediate ...

Angkor Thom, Angkor Thom, Cambodia travel blog

Angkor Thom

A travel blog entry by jef_smi

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... of Angkor Thom from the East Gate.  The walled city, built around 1200 during the reign of Jayavarman VII, was the capital of ancient Angkor and is about three kilometres square.  This collosal city housed all the sights I would see this ...

Angkor Wat, Cambodia, Angkor Wat, Cambodia travel blog

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

A travel blog entry by thewrens

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We signed up for the 3 day post-cruise to Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia. We got off the ship about 11:30 Saturday morning and were bussed to the Bangkok Airport along with about 60 other guests.  Our flight wasn't until 6:20pm so we had a little ...

Srah Srang, Srah Srang, Cambodia travel blog

Srah Srang

A travel blog entry by jef_smi

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... 300 metres, overlooked by a lovely terrace.  This romantic spot was the royal bath. "[It] gave the impression that love had come one day and had left there, when he went away, a part of his spirit"  (PJ de Beerski, Angkor: Ruins in ...

Many Steps, Many Temples, Angkor Wat, Cambodia travel blog

Many Steps, Many Temples

A travel blog entry by aniemi

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... very disturbed and irritated by all of this, but I found it vey interesting. They all appeared well fed and seemed relatively content, at Angkor Wat, some appeared to be working for a stall that was owned by someone else. I don't know if it was a parent ...

Angkor Wat - Sunrise, Angkor Wat, Cambodia travel blog

Angkor Wat - Sunrise

A travel blog entry by jef_smi

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... and the place becomes remarkably quiet for a few hours, filled only with a few hundred Lonely Planet-toting explorers.  (Yes, Angkor Wat is so big that a few hundred people are easily scattered and isolated.)  The near-kilometre-long gallery of ...

Temple Day 1: Roluos group and Grand Circuit, Preah Ko, Cambodia travel blog

Temple Day 1: Roluos group and Grand Circuit

A travel blog entry by adzandnomes

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Too Many Temples (Even More than Kyoto) AngkorWat, Angkor Wat, Cambodia travel blog

Too Many Temples (Even More than Kyoto) AngkorWat

A travel blog entry by sponger42

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... the massive roots of giant trees. The trees have collapsed several parts of the temple and are slowly destroying the rest.   Angkor Wat, itself, is a tall temple with four main spires. The temple is inside a wall inside a green area, inside ...

Angkor What?, Angkor Wat, Cambodia travel blog

Angkor What?

A travel blog entry by dockerills

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... in, walked around, drank, ate, bed..  Temples tomorrow.   So to explain quickly the temples of Angkor are situated around Siem Reap in Cambodia and were built between 802AD and 1431AD (or something like that).  There are too many to see ...

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