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: 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: A restored colanade in Ta Prohm. It cost $1m to do.
Above: Teresa by a very big tree.
Above: The trees have taken over in Ta Prohm.
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: The entrance to Preah Khan.
Above: Incredible carvings in the interior of Preah Khan.
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: Prasat Suor Prat again.
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: One of the towers in Bayon.
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: 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 late afternoon.
Above: The huge moat that surrounds Angkor Wat.