Angkor Archaeological Park


Cambodia is beyond Angkor Wat. There are lots more of interesting temples around Siem Reap. But before I continued with the tour, here's what I had for lunch.


grilled eggplant with meat
it's so Pinoy, feels like home!

Again, napakataas na ng lagnat ko at that time. I just wished matapos na yung tour. But my wish can't be granted. Andami pang surrounding temples! And this is the hardest part of blogging, I can't remember these temples' names. Drop me a message for corrections, please.

Preah Khan. A huge, highly explorable, monastic complex.

Preah Khan

Preah Khan

Bantay Kdei. Sprawling, largely unrestored, monastic complex in much the same style as a Ta Prohm.

Bantay Kdei

Ta Som. Small Bayon-style monastic omplex consisting of a relatively flat enclosure, face tower gopuras.

Ta Som

Ta Som

Ta Prohm. Of similar designs to Preah Khan and Bantay Kdei, this sprawling monastic complex is only partially cleared of jungle overgrowth.

jungle overgrowth

back view

Ta Prohm - location of Tomb Raider

huge tress crawling up

a very touristy place

Angkor Thom. Literally means "Great City" was the last and most enduring capital city of the Khmer empire. It was established in the late twelfth century by king Jayavarman VII.

headless Naga - mythological and multiheaded snakes

South Gate of Angkor Thom

closer look

Terrace of the Leper King. An impressively large terrace, named after the Statue of the Leper King that sits on the top. (Leper King because discoloration and moss grew on the original statue was reminiscent of a person with leprosy)

Terrace of the Leper King

wall carvings

Hindu god

Terrace of the Elephants. An impressive, two and a half-meter tall, 300 meter long terrace wall adorned with carved elephants and garudas that spans the heart of Angkor Thom.

Terrace of the Elephants

behind me are the elephant carvings with their huge tusks
dala ko ang payong na yan wherever I go!

yeah, I was impressed with the carvings + the color

Phimeanakas. This celestial temple is an impressive laterite and sandstone pyramid. Legend has it that the golden tower crowned the temple and was inhabited by a serpent, which would transform into a woman. The kings of Angkor were required to make love with the serpent every night, else disaster befall him or the kingdom.

Phimeanakas

Bayon. The most distinctive feature is the multitude of serene and massive stone faces on the many towers which jut out from the upper terrace and cluster around its central peak.

Bayon

why are you smiling?

framed Bayon faces

It rained for 15mins (thank you Lord! hilong-hilo na ko sa init) and the sun became strikingly hot again. Ayun na pala ang definition ng "rainy season" nila. My tour guide explained they dont experience typhoons in Cambodia. I asked him again if they have experience floods, and he said yes. Nyahaha!

meet my tourguide Kim Rieng and his tuktuk driver friend
kimrieng9@gmail.com

If I have to plan my Cambodia trip all over again (but luckily I wont kasi lumabo ang mata ko kakasearch ng SEA trip na to), I would spend an extra day in Siem Reap. The place's beauty is beyond Angkor Wat and the surrounding temples. It's worth the not-so-easy-trip to get there.

..whew, next entry: day 7 in Bangkok!

36 responses:

Chyng said...

ohh, may blog pala akong i need to update.. hihi

Sendo said...

weeeeee...ganda....naalala ko lang yung tomb raider hehe...T_T cambodia!!!!

krizzy cabalay said...

haha..natawa naman ako dun sa "lumabo mata ko kakasearch for my SEA trip" akong ate,hk-macau lang nahihilo na ako magplano eh.kc mahirap din pala tlaga magplan ng out of the country travel.sanay kc akong local lang eh.pero anyways,enjoy din naman ang planning phase.kaka challenge!bwahahaha :)

ʎonqʎʇıɔ said...

ako naman i remember this scene in in the mood for love. dapat nagbulong ka ng secret sa angkor wat. :)

docgelo said...

blogger-in-a-payong-award goes to:
...drum roll please....LOL!

kailangan talaga nakapayong, chyng?! i believe you, mainit doon!

...beautiful spot, seriously.

Chyng said...

@sendo,
ture! tomb raider it is!

@krizzy,
i hope hindi lumabo mata mo girl. hihi pero part kasi ng traveling yung "planning nad researching". di ba? =)

@nyl,
ay may ganun? sayang di ko nagawa.. nice nice!

@doc,
alam kong ikaw ang pinaka-maaaliw sa payong shot ko na yan.. hehe

Niq said...

thumbs up.=) from researching to traveling wachamasay kahit may lagnat.^_^ Ingat po palagi para sa madami pang paglalakbay na susubaybayan namin. =)

Nanay said...

parang nakakatakot din pala yung mga temples.

khantotantra said...

cambodia pala ung shooting place ng tomb raider.

Andaming ruins at temples... sarap mag photoshoot cguro d2.

kg said...

may lagnat ka pa sa lagay na yan ha? HE HE!

keep a small notebook with you always so that you can write down the names of the places you go to. :)

The Gasoline Dude said...

WAH! Hopefully by next year makapunta na ko sa Cambodia. My German friend stayed there for three months to do some volunteering. Nagturo siya ng english sa mga batang Cambodians. Hopefully I could do something similar.

dong ho said...

ganda talaga kaya isa to na nasa top list ko. sayang talaga at dami pala talagang ruins na lang though maganda pa rin naman.

i was quite intrigued with the leper king.

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

Baka nagka-temple fatigue ka rin sa kaiikot? Sa dami nila halos they look the same na ano? But I find Ta Prohm and Bayon really very interesting.

mishi said...

amazing cambodia!!

I dont know if iL ever have the chance to visit cambodia but at least parang nkapagtour narin ako w/ ur pics. Ang ganda!! Pero ang init pala! Cguro the high temp adds up nrin sa lagnat mo chyng.

gillboard said...

the first few pics remind me of some levels on this awesome video game i played recently. as in.

MiDniGHt DriVer said...

huwaw.. ang gandang place. may sakit k pa nyan ha. :-)

Diamond R said...

Balik tanaw sa nakaraan.
wow sana makita ko din yang mga templong yan. kakaiba.

witsandnuts said...

It offers a lot of interesting architecture. The unusual roots (of trees) are fascinating and eerie at the same time. :)

pamatayhomesick said...

history ng architecture, madalas pinag-aaralan parin ang structure nito, gaya ng ibang lugar sa ibat ibang bansa...pasyal pasyal lang tayo dyan ah..:)

lechua said...

i was in awe of Angkor Thom temples, especially the faces of
Bayon! & i remember it being very hot and scorching walking within the vast complex...

Allen said...

at may blog ka pa ng lagay na yan ha!

Di ka pumuntang Phnom Penh ate chyng?

Kazumi Fuyu said...

Ang ganda ng cambodia, pero bakit wala nga palang airplane jan? kung tutuusin parang maraming turista jan dapat may airplane.

pusang kalye said...

at kailangan talagang nakapayong habang nagpapapicture sa gitna ng mga temples? lol

ang gaganda ng kulay ng mga stones. bilib na talaga ako sa Khemer civilization----taking into account na deretso yan sa area ng Thailand yang mga temples nila diba?

katuwa yung tree. subrang laki pero ang ganda ng epekto nya sa kabuuan ng temple.di pwedeng pasukin yung mga temples?

journeyingjames said...

parang hindi ka ngbabackpacking? wang sasarap ng kinakain mo..hahaha definitely one of the best places in southeast asia- cambodia, siem reap

.pOot! said...

wowowow, sobrang ganda. pero i find the 9th pic so creepy. hahaha.

may lagnat ka non? hindi halata sa pic. :)))

i'm back ate after a super-duper ocean deep sleep.

Drei said...

waw ang saya sayaaa :)

Photo Cache said...

ang gaganda ng kuha mataas pa ang lagnat mo nito ah.

i cannot handle heat as well.

backpacking philippines said...

a place on top of my wish list...tagal ko pa siguro mapuntahan yan...prorities...priorities :(

danda07 said...

nakakatakot naman iyong mga puno.. :(

Arvin U. de la Peña said...

nakakamangha ang mga larawan..

prinsesamusang said...

wow that place looked amazing! ang ganda-ganda ng ruins!

Biyaheng Pinoy said...

I wasn't really thinking of visiting this place, but now I'm having second thoughts. Thank you for sharing.

KUMAGCOW said...

WHOAAAA! Grabe ka pala magtravel no... andaming places... diko kaya yan... tamad ako eh hehe

KRIS JASPER said...

Hey!!!! I thot I'd see u in shorts with a whip! lol

Musta Miss Chyng?

adventurousfeet said...

ang ganda ng mga temples.. rustic feel talaga. :) parang narealize ko di ko pa pala napapanood ang tomb raider!

jorlanz fun! said...

wow..nice po,,very informative pagka blogs..,looking forward sa new adventures mo,..

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