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Images of Angkor

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It is the best part of six months since we were in Cambodia and at Angkor Archaeological Park. We have been sifting through the photos we took whilst there and you can see some of the better ones here.

I won't write too much about our time there or about the historical facts, religious meaning and architectural aspects of Angkor but, suffice to say, we found it totally fascinating and were completely mesmerized by the place. For us, it's definately somewhere that grows on you. Each day that we returned, we found the temples more impressive and enchanting.

We opted for three-day tickets and headed to the park at 4pm one afternoon. If you buy a ticket at 5pm, you can visit the temples for a couple of hours and the ticket is still valid for three full days after that.

So, tickets purchased, we set off on our bicycles up the long, straight road which connects Siem Reap and Angkor....

Above: The camera lense was fogged-up when I took this picture but this is the long straight road on the way to the park.

Above: The camera lense was fogged-up when I took this picture but this is the long straight road on the way to the park.

Above: Our first view of Angkor Wat shortly after a large storm had swept through the area on our first day there.

Above: Our first view of Angkor Wat shortly after a large storm had swept through the area on our first day there.

Above: Bayon-style faces on the entrance gate to Banteay Kdei.

Above: Bayon-style faces on the entrance gate to Banteay Kdei.

Above: A restored colanade in Ta Prohm. It cost $1m to do.

Above: A restored colanade in Ta Prohm. It cost $1m to do.

Above: Teresa by a very big tree.

Above: Teresa by a very big tree.

Above: The trees have taken over in Ta Prohm.

Above: The trees have taken over in Ta Prohm.

Above: Ta Keo - a huge, pyramid-like structure.

Above: Ta Keo - a huge, pyramid-like structure.

Above: Looking back down from the top of Ta Keo. Our bikes are submerged somewhere in the red puddle on the right!

Above: Looking back down from the top of Ta Keo. Our bikes are submerged somewhere in the red puddle on the right!

Above: The entrance to Preah Khan.

Above: The entrance to Preah Khan.

Above: Incredible carvings in the interior of Preah Khan.

Above: Incredible carvings in the interior of Preah Khan.

Above: The Terrace of the Elephants in Angkor Thom

Above: The Terrace of the Elephants in Angkor Thom

Above: These strange single towers are called Prasat Suor Prat and they stand in line in front of the Terrace of the Elephants.

Above: These strange single towers are called Prasat Suor Prat and they stand in line in front of the Terrace of the Elephants.

Above: Prasat Suor Prat again.

Above: Prasat Suor Prat again.

Above: The South entrance to Angkor Thom

Above: The South entrance to Angkor Thom

Above: This is Bayon, the state-temple of Jayavarman VII and just as impressive as Angkor Wat.

Above: This is Bayon, the state-temple of Jayavarman VII and just as impressive as Angkor Wat.

Above: One of the towers in Bayon.

Above: One of the towers in Bayon.

Above: The enormous temple-mountain, Baphuon.

Above: The enormous temple-mountain, Baphuon.

Above: On the west side of Baphuon (you have to use your imagination for this), the wall is shaped to resemble a lying-down Buddha. If you can spot the chin and nose towards the left, you should make it out.

Above: On the west side of Baphuon (you have to use your imagination for this), the wall is shaped to resemble a lying-down Buddha. If you can spot the chin and nose towards the left, you should make it out.

Above: This temple that we spotted through the trees is either Prasat Bei or Baksei Chamkrong.

Above: This temple that we spotted through the trees is either Prasat Bei or Baksei Chamkrong.

Above: Angkor Wat in the distance taken from the hill-temple Phnom Bakheng.

Above: Angkor Wat in the distance taken from the hill-temple Phnom Bakheng.

Above: Angkor Wat in the late afternoon.

Above: Angkor Wat in the late afternoon.

Above: The huge moat that surrounds Angkor Wat.

Above: The huge moat that surrounds Angkor Wat.

Posted by Rivercity 06:00 Archived in Cambodia

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Happy Birthday Phil...wish I could buy you a pint x have the best one ever. K

13.02.2013 by Kate

Dear Phil and Teresa, Angkor is aplace I have wanted to see since I first saw images of it as a child. Thank you so much for these wonderful atmospheric pics. Happy Birthday Phil and hope you enjoyed what Teresa bought for you! Love from Celia

13.02.2013 by Celia

Thanks for the Birthday wishes. K - I had a pint (well, a bottle of Kingfisher) with you in spirit!
We had a stroke of luck actually as a couple of brothers who run a nice restaurant called The Spice Village had decided to put a party on on the 13th. Purely coincidence. Nothing much happens in Kovalam after 10-11pm and Kerala is quite strict about these things. They told us they had to pay 5000rs (£60) baksheesh to the local cops to make sure they didn't come and shut it down. Unfortunately, a storm moved in which caused a power cut and the party ended abruptly at 2am (it was probably about time we left anyway!)

16.02.2013 by Rivercity

happy birthday and I must say that these pictures are plainly awesome!

25.02.2013 by smartiepants

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