|Driving the boat!|
After getting roped into this floating village ordeal we finally headed to the temples in Siem Reap. They all blur together in my mind, but I'm pretty sure this is the order that we went in. Also I had to spend another $20.00 to buy a ticket to the temple.
First our tuk-tuk driver took us to Ta Prohm, which is the temple that looks like it belongs in an Indian Jones movie. Or rather that an Indian Jones movie should be filmed there. The trees are absolutely stunning and I love how they grow in the complex. UNESCO added Ta Prohm to the World Heritage List in 1992 and happens to be one of the most visited temples in the region, however when Alexis and I went we managed to (somehow) avoid the crowds! It was great!
|Alright. Where is Indian Jones?|
|Why hello there massive tree!|
|This tree was crazy awesome. Also awesome are the fallen rock wall pieces.|
After grabbing a five dollar plate of fried rice with pork we headed to Angkor Tohm. This site was once home to a million people during the twelfth century! There are three main temples in the Angkor Thom site we visited. First we saw Bayon - perhaps my favorite temple at Angkor Wat. There are 54 large faces carved into the temple stone and they are beautiful!
Second, we went to Baphuon. (Side note... I just tried to swipe the screen of this laptop like an iPad. Doesn't work. You have to use the mouse!) Baphuon had crazy steep stairs, but no where near the steepness we experience at Wat Arun in Bangkok, Thailand.
The third temple we visited inside Angkor Tohm was the Terrace of the Elephants. The "basement" level of this temple sported many craved statues while the top boasted elephant motifs. I read online that the Terrace of the Elephants was were public ceremonies took place and people came to hear the king speak. So basically I stood in the same place a king stood (and several other million tourists)!
Once we left the Angkor Tohm temple complex site we went to Angkor Wat itself. I had high hopes for Angkor Wat, but it wasn't my favorite temple although it was impressive and very beautiful. Perhaps part of my dislike for this temple was the fact there were literally a hundred thousand people there. There wasn't really room to wander or explore like we did at previous temples. I had read that the sunrise and sunset at Angkor Wat is beautiful, but I'm not sure if it's worth fighting the large crowds and tour buses. Perhaps Alexis and I will opt to sleep in then go swimming in the morning at our hotel's pool.
|These photo doesn't even show the massive amount|
of tourists that were at Angkor Wat.
|Aren't Alexis and I awesome?!|
|Also - we saw wild monkey's and Alexis was super excited.|