Hello readers ! Happy Friday ! Spring is on its way…
The story of my trip in Cambodia continues.
We still had time to see more temples. Elephant terrace, Bantey Prei, Neak Poan, Tan Som, East Mebon, Pre Rup.
I have to say that I asked my guide to write the names of all the temples we were visiting. How would I be remembering all those names once back at home ? He knew a lot about the temples and his English was very good. In fact, you can easily find a guide who will speak your language as it is such a touristic place.
Choosing which pictures I will add in this post was not easy. I hope you enjoy them! Maybe you can tell me which one is your favorite.
Elephant Terrace. The terrace was used by Angkor’s king Jayavarman VII as a platform from which to view his victorious returning army.
I told you that we go to the temples by tuk-tuk. Here are some tuk-tuks and their drivers resting in the shade while the tourists are visiting the temples.
More photographs of temples. Here is Neak Poan. The Buddhist temple of Preah Neak Poan is a petite yet perfect temple constructed by Jayavarman VII in the late 12th century. It has a large square pool surrounded by four smaller square pools. In the middle of the central pool is a circular ‘island’ encircled by the two nagas whose intertwined tails give the temple its name.
We saw many kids around this temple that day. On another post, I will share many photos of kids we saw. They are beautiful and they know enough English to sell you little souvenirs.
Ta Som temple. The eastern outer gopura has been overgrown by a sacred fig (Ficus religiosa) which has grown down through the blocks that make up the gopura and into the ground. You can see my husband in the photo , it gives you perspective of the size of the tree.
Some very good artists selling their art work around the temples. I did not buy anything, somehow it can be tricky to bring back those images when you try to travel light. You know you can enlarge the photo while clicking on it.
That day we spent the whole morning around temples. It was very hot, so we had a rest at our hotel in the afternoon. Later we went out again for 2 hours to take pics around sunset.
Another great day. Thanks to our guide, our time in Angkor had been wonderful. We had one more day to spend in Siem Reap.
I will show you more about that day in my next post next Friday. Thanks for reading and for your comments. Have a good Week-end.