Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Temples (or “Wats”)

There are about 1000 Wats near Siem Reap, ranging from non descript piles of brick rubbles to Angkor Wat, the world's largest single religious monument.
We won’t see them all. Fact.

We bought a 3-day pass to allow us to see a tiny portion of the temples.

On the first day we visited Angkor Wat - It really was on our way- as well as Angkor Phom and  Ta Prohm.
Angkor Wat is impressive by its size. We visited it early and it was a cloudy so we were not waowed by it but Thomas came back later in the day and thought it was beautiful. The colours really make a huge difference.

Bayon is the main temple within Angkor Phom. It is super steep to climb -literally- up the stairs and we enjoyed the Buddha faces built within the walls.
Ta Prohm was our favourite. Not only because it is were Lara Croft kicked ass in “Tomb Raider” but also because unlike most Angkorian temples Ta Prohm has been left in much the same conditions in which it was found. Trees and roots are coming out of doors and roofs. 

The best feeling of all is that it is low season here and it’s so hot very little tourists are around. We’ve visited temples alone! We were not expecting it and we loved it!

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