Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat is a temple dedicated to the Hindu God Vishnu built around 1100 AD out in the middle of a jungle by the Khmer Civilization.  It came at the tail end of a 300 year temple building spree, is the grandest of all the structures.  I’ll spare you the history lesson, but let’s just say it was quite impressive!  The surrounding temples were all unique in their own way.  I’d highly recommend making the trip should you find yourself in that corner of the world.

This post should probably be broken up into 2-3…but screw it….here you go….

PREPARE FOR TEMPLE OVERLOAD:

 

sunrise on the East Side...away from the crowds

sunrise on the East Side…away from the crowds

morning light

morning light

 

silhouette

silhouette

 

head thieves....photo cred to Rach

head thieves….photo cred to Rach

 

we decided it was all about doorway shots

we decided it was all about doorway shots

 

through the banisters

through the banisters

 

images of sexy ladies dancing in heaven

images of sexy ladies dancing in heaven

 

shootin' Angkor

shootin’ Angkor

causeway

causeway

 

so hard to get a shot w/no people in it

so hard to get a shot w/no people in it

 

our long-winded tour guide

our long-winded tour guide

 

shooting the temple was actually really tricky.  I liked this one.

shooting the temple was actually really tricky. I liked this one.

 

thanks Rach!

thanks Rach!

 

Posin'

Posin’

 

a shot for scale

a shot for scale

 

'the library'...a structure on the outer perimeter

‘the library’…a structure on the outer perimeter

 

….and now for the surrounding temples…..

 

a lesser, unimportant structure..... that we were impressed by!

a lesser, unimportant structure….. that we were impressed by!

 

on top!

on top!

 

Bayon gate

Bayon gate

 

The Bayon

The Bayon

 

Faces of Brahma...4/pillar...50+ pillars = 200+ faces

Faces of Brahma…4/pillar…50+ pillars = 200+ faces

 

Brahma the Creator

Brahma the Creator

 

super intricate carvings

super intricate carvings

 

close up

close up

 

gopro captures the magic

gopro captures the magic

 

Leper King Temple

Leper King Temple

 

5 headed cobra on the corner

5 headed cobra on the corner

 

Nature will always take over

Nature will always take over

 

can't remember the name of this one

can’t remember the name of this one

 

They even carved stuff in rivers

They even carved stuff in rivers

 

happy little jungle scene

happy little jungle scene

 

Banteay Srei: temple for women

Banteay Srei: temple for women

 

guards

guards

 

most detailed of all the temples

most detailed of all the temples

 

Ta Pram

Ta Pram

 

Gopro nails another one

Gopro nails another one

 

 

the spot from Tombraider

the spot from Tombraider

 

nature takin' over

nature takin’ over

 

caught a sunset...

caught a sunset…

 

...peeped a rainbow...

…peeped a rainbow…

 

...crushed a few more

…crushed a few more

 

scampering around Beng Mealea

scampering around Beng Mealea

 

Ben Mealea 'library'

Ben Mealea ‘library’

 

Silk Tree roots

Silk Tree roots

 

roots everywhere

roots everywhere

 

getting enlightened

getting enlightened

 

humidity = moss

humidity = moss

 

**insert Tarzan call**

**insert Tarzan call**

 

Oldest temple in the area.  Precursor to Angkor Wat

Oldest temple in the area. Precursor to Angkor Wat

 

Banteay Samre at sunrise.  We had the whole place to ourself

Banteay Samre at sunrise. We had the whole place to ourselves

 

Rach snagged some Elephant pants for $3.  Perfect for a little impromptu photo sesh

Rach snagged some Elephant pants for $3. Perfect for a little impromptu photo sesh

 

guru

guru

 

lil yogi

lil yogi

 

meditation w/dinner

meditation w/dinner

 

getting spiritual

getting spiritual

 

had to get in on the action

had to get in on the action

 

I couldn't resist

I couldn’t resist

 

Well….there ya  have it!   There’s no way to convey the size, detail, and layout of the area through photos.  You gotta see it for yourself.  It was such an unforgettable trip w/an amazing friend.  I’ll definitely treasure these photos for the rest of my life.

 

 

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Thailand and Cambodia were a highlight of my travel life thus far…. your photographs bring back such wonderful memories, the food, the people, the beauty…. you have a brilliant talent. Thank you for sharing.

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