The legendary Angkor

No need to introduce Angkor, probably the number one touristic destination of South East Asia. Angkor was the capital of the Khmer empire from the 9th century to 1351, date when it fell and was sacked by Ayutthaya (rings a bell?).

IMG_2949

IMG_1382

The city had been the largest preindustrial city of the world, and its ruins count more than one thousand temples.

IMG_2917

IMG_1301

IMG_2968

So after a night and a day bussing from Koh Tao to Siem Reap, we spent 2 days cycling around in Angkor, and one more day renting a tuk tuk to visit the farthest temples.

IMG_2789
Fun fact, we came back home after a first day to find a text from Lea, an Agro friend: “Are you guys in Angkor? I’m pretty sure I saw you cycling around”. We caught up for some drinks later on.

Anyway, here is the story in pictures:

Angkor Wat

IMG_2749

Angkor Wat is the most famous temple of Siem Rep, but we didn’t find it any specific charm. Its construction lasted 37 years and it is said that it required 300 000 builders and 6 000 elephants.

IMG_1290
IMG_2725

IMG_2736

IMG_2743

The Bayon

IMG_2772

It means “the magic mountain”. The Bayon is a huge and mysterious temple with originally 54 temples (one for each province of the Kmer empire, only 37 are remaining today), each of them with 4 faces illustrating the four virtue of Buddha: equality, sympathy, pity and being even-tempered.

The Bayon is 43 meters high and a really maze where it’s a pleasure to get lost. We fell in love with it at first sight.

IMG_2762

IMG_1304

IMG_1305

Banteay Srei

IMG_3040

Banteay Srei means “the women citadel” and it is one of the most legendary and refined temples of Angkor. It is built in pink sandstone and embellished by incredible bas-relief.

IMG_1372

IMG_1369

IMG_1385

And many more

It’s impossible for us to show you all of the temples we visited in Angkor. Here are a few more pictures of the ones we really liked:

IMG_2785

The view at the top of The Baphuon

IMG_1336

Some temples are real mazes

IMG_2831

And others clearly in ruins. Here is Ta Phnom, our favorite 

IMG_2891

Nature reclaimed those places

IMG_2991

Thomas very well aware that he was taken into picture and posing, obviously 

IMG_3100    IMG_3096

Bakong temple, dedicated to Shiva

IMG_2958

Admiring one of the few elephant statue left intact (the Khmers Rouge were use to cut their trunk)

Three days was just what we needed to enjoy everything Angkor has to offer, and it was an incredible experience!

IMG_1313

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *