Photo Journal: Angkor Wat

We started off our two-week break from school by heading to Cambodia! The main attraction was the world-famous Angkor Wat Archeological Park, which we spent three full days exploring.

In and Around Siem Reap

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A Cambodian gas station.
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Riding in style.
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Tuk-tuks are the main mode of transportation for tourists around Siem Reap. It’s a two-wheeled cart pulled by a motor bike.
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We had a wonderful tuk-tuk driver named Khun. He drove us all three days of our stay. He spoke English well and if he got to talking about something, he would go on and on.

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“Happy pizza” … google it.
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The entire town of Siem Reap basically exists because of the ancient temples outside of it. Angkor Wat Archeological Park draws more than 1 million visitors annually.
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Paying for 4 beers with $1.
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Because Cambodian currency is so devalued, Siem Reap operates in U.S. dollars. Things were still pretty cheap. I bought pants at this market for $3.
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Delicious rolled ice cream made on a freezing plate.

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As our tuk-tuk driver would say, “this week we have the big rain!” We definitely got caught in a ‘big rain’ on our way home from lunch one day.

Day 1

Angkor Wat – The temple the entire complex is named for

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A popular attraction is watching the sunrise over Angkor Wat. It wasn’t the best sunrise I’ve seen, but it was still a cool start to the day.

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We were definitely not the only tourists with this idea.

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Bayon – The temple of many faces

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This temple was my favorite! I tried to convince Cole to take me back on your last day to see it again.
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It was raining when we visited, which I think made it all the more magical.

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Bayon Temple has 216 giant faces carved into stone.

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Baphuon

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Baphuon is the third temple inside the city of Angkor Thom.

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Ta Phrom – “Tomb Raider Temple”

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Ta Phrom is known for being the set of one of the Tomb Raider movies.
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This temple was almost entirely reclaimed by the jungle before it was discovered and has been left in that condition.

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I love seeing how the trees and temples have become one after so many hundreds of years.

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Our awesome travel companions!

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Day 2

Mount Kulen

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Mount Kulen is an area outside of Siem Reap believed to be sacred by the Khmer people.
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This pool is a spring fed from underground.

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Because it was rainy season, the river and waterfall were really strong! You can see a few of the people who dared to swim.

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Waterfall mist over the jungle.
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We came with hopes of swimming in the pool at the base of the falls, but we left completely soaked just from the mist.

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Banteay Srey – The Citadel of Women

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This temple is small but features beautiful, ornate carvings.

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Pre Rup

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Banteay Kdei

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This temple had tons of cool doors, windows, and passageways.

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Prasat Kravan

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This tiny temple was a welcome sight at the end of a long day.

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Day 3

We were pretty worn out on our third and final day of temple exploring. We felt like the sites we visited today we similar to ones we had already seen, so we moved quickly through them and were done by lunch.

Preah Khan

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Neak Pean – Water Temple

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The actual temple is small, but the long boardwalk over the swamp gives it a grand entrance.

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Ta Som

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Yay, more tree-covered ruins!

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East Mebon

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Bakong

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Preah Ko

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This temple was small but I loved the look and feel of it.

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We’re so glad we got to experience this amazing piece of history nestled in the Cambodian jungle.

Next stop: Southern Thailand!

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