April 17, 2017 – The Temples of Angkor Wat, Bayon, and Ta Prohm

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Exploring the Highest Level of Angkor Wat Temple

See more photos here: https://flic.kr/s/aHskTvWSME 

With my 7 day Angkor Wat Pass I was excited to see the sunrise for a second time at Angkor Wat, this time with Dave, Todor, and Anna. We departed from our hostel around 4:30 AM to reach the temple in time. The sunrise is nothing short of spectacular and I love seeing the temple reflected in the pond as the sun makes is way overhead.

This time, I made sure to go to the highest section of Angkor Wat first because the last time I went the lineup was too long to consider going up. It’s surprising how many details I missed the first time I visited the temple.

Following Angkor Wat, the four of us went to Bayon Temple. There are approximately 216 faces which make the place feel alive and very spiritual.

Preah Palilay is a very small temple with two trees growing out of the front steps. Although, it is quite tiny, it is one of my favourites. It feels so peacefully and barely any tourists venture there.

Our last stop was Ta Prohm also known as the “Tomb Raider Temple” because it was featured the movie “Tomb Raider” with Angelina Jolie. It is also one of my favourites. Ancient trees grow out of the temple remains and there are piles of ancient sandstone blocks strewn throughout the area.

 

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