Siem Reap, Day 2

Day 2 in Siem Reap and we had a full day of the star attraction of the area–the temples of Angkor Wat.  We decided to start with the famed Angkor Wat.

Angkor Wat a

Angkor Wat relief 1

Angkor Wat b

Angkor Wat 1

Angkor Wat 2

Angkor Wat 3

Again, I don’t remember all of the temples we went to see but I do remember enjoying seeing the countryside as we made our way to the different temples.  I think we made it to one more temple before it started raining so we took the opportunity to stop off at a restaurant for lunch.  As the rain subsided, we made our way out again and we stopped off at Banteay Srei, a small but popular temple known for its intricate carvings.

Banteay Srei 1

Banteay Srei 2

Banteay Srei 3

We also went to Angkor Thom, known for its face carvings.

Angkor Thom 1

Angkor Thom 2

We eventually made our way to Ta Prohm, known for the strangler fig trees which have grown over some of the temples and for its appearance in a certain film.

Ta Prohm 1

Ta Prohm 2

Ta Prohm 3

Ta Prohm 4

Ta Prohm relief

On our way back to Siem Reap, I took these shots.

observers at temple

elephant sign

Once we made it back to Siem Reap, we stopped off at Wat Thmei Killing Field, where our guide gave us some background on Pol Pot’s terrible legacy.

Wat Thmei Killing Field

We then stopped off at the War Museum and Cambodia Land Mine Museum.

War Museum and Cambodia Land Mine Museum 3

In one day, we managed to squeeze in sights spanning from Cambodia’s Khmer Empire to the latter half of the 20th century.  It was a lot to take in.

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