Cambodia 2015: Angkor Wat, Bayon and Ta Prohm

August 20, 2015

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The places I only saw in pictures and movies were right before my eyes. I could not believe it at first. I have always wanted to go to Siem Reap, Cambodia to go temple hopping. Luckily, some of my friends wanted the same thing – so we booked our flights and never looked back.

We allotted two days to explore Cambodia, then we crossed the border to Thailand. We stayed at River Bay Villa, which is 10 minutes away from Pub Street and 20-30 minutes away from Angkor Wat by Tuk Tuk. They picked us up at the airport. They also arranged our Sunrise Small Tour, consisting of four temples, at a rate of $20/Tuk Tuk. If you want to visit more temples, you may opt to choose the Sunrise Big Tour for $23/Tuk Tuk. We only wanted a half-day tour so that in the afternoon, we could ride the ATV through rice paddy fields (Quad Adventure–$30).

Our first stop was, of course, Angkor Wat – the world’s largest Hindu temple complex; also, the temple depicted on Cambodia’s flag.

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Unfortunately, it was a cloudy day. We waited for sunrise but it was not what we expected. How sad.
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My obligatory tourist-y pose.
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Beauty in the details.
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What can be found at its core.
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Such a busy tourist spot, as millions visit every year. I think it is getting more and more popular.

The next temple we went to was Bayon. It is known for the massive smiling stone faces found on most of the towers.

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Picture for $1.
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This is pretty cool.

Last and the least – Ta Prohm! Yes, you guessed it right – this is where Tomb Raider was filmed.
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Massive roots of trees growing out of the ruins.

We were so tired by the time we reached Ta Prohm, hence, no group picture. Haha!
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Left: Angkor Wat Right: Bayon #squadgoals

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