Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Inside Angkor Complex and Angkor Thom

I woke up early in my first morning in Siem Reap last December 2007. Siem Reap, Cambodia serves as a gateway to the temples and ruins of Angkor.

Breakfast is included in the room rate which is farely cheap and value for money.

View from outside the hotel. Right across the hotel is a Siem Reap River.

I rode a car going to Angkor Complex.

We stopped first at the gate of the complex to get a pass which is required and inspected in every attraction inside.

I went first to Angkor Thom city. Inside this gate are temples built on different times like Bayon, Baphuon, Phimeanakas, etc.

Bayon was the official temple of the Mahayana Buddhist King Jayavarman VII and is the main temple inside Angkor Thom.

Wall carvings





Baphuon is a temple across Bayon. It was under renovation when I was there and the only accessible areas are the exteriors.

Elevated walkway of Baphuon

Phimeanakas is a Hindu temple, once served as the King's temple.


Terrace of the Elephants is part of the walls of Angkor Thom used as a stage or grand stand when doing public ceremonies.

Terrace of the Leper King

I went out of Angkor Thom and visited other places in Angkor Complex. My next stop was the Ta Phrom (also known as Rajavihara), once served as a Mahayana Buddhist school and monastery.

The place is famous for large trees growing out of the ruins. It is a popular tourist destination and easy to distinguish among others for this is where scenes of Tomb Raider was shot.

After walking around a lot in the complex, I saw a small eatery serving coconuts. I'm uber thirsty by that time and decided to take a rest and chill.

Sras Srang, a baray, once served as a bathing pool for the royalties.

Across Sras Srang is Banteay Kdei, a Buddhist temple similar to Bayon.

For lunch, I ate in Viroth's restaurant a couple of blocks from my hotel.


For main course I had chicken curry with rice and vegetables.

For desert I had fruits and pastry.


ßrigida Ayson © Copyright said...

YOu also went to Cambodia? That's cool!

I went there too about three years ago (December of 2005). I went there on a travel tour team. We saw the Angkor Wat in Siem Reap.

However, since it was a tour, we also went to Phonm Penh, and Sihanoukville.

Have you been to these other places too?

By the way, I also have a new blog entry, check out my shopping cart =) Ops, they are already American sold, hehe!

Jasper said...

hi bridge!

yes i did!

about your tour, wow that's a jampacked iterinary!

on other places, i have other places i've been too this year that i will soon blog about. keep posted! :)

Daene | Filipina in Flip Flops said...

Hello, awesome post about Siem Reap! My friends and I went backpacking to Vietnam and Cambodia as well last April for two weeks, and it was a life-changing experience. The border-crossing bus ride was super long but definitely worth it! It was a trip worth writing about for sure. :)

Jasper said...

@daene - haha yeah, i had to write the whole trip on a separate post. it was rather long but it was well worth it! :D