Sadly, the card I had been backing up my photos to corrupted when we were in Melbourne (I’’m running quite behind with the blog as we are over half way round Australia now) we had the SD card checked, but they couldnt recover any of the photos, nearly everything we had photographed to date (boo), but luckily we managed to recover about a third of the trips photos from the cameras cards (hooray).
The Angkor temple complex is an amazing place, one of the main reasons we wanted to to the trip as it has been on our bucket list for years, and it did not dissapoint.
There are a few ways to explore Angkor, a group trip on a bus, hire a tuk tuk for a couple of days and do it independantly, or as we did, hire a private tour in an air con car with a knowledgable guide for $170.
There are dozens of temples in Angkor, in 2 days we covered 11, our guide Mr Veasnu took us on a route that managed to avoid the crowds, and was able to give us the history of each temple and some of the stories and legends behind them (my favourite was churning the sea of milk – but you will have to visit to find out for yourself).
The temples we covered were:
Pre Rup – my favourite as it was the first temple and when we got there we were the only ones there.
East Mebon – with its amazing elephant statues.
Bantrey Srei (or lady temple)
Ta Phrom – Taken over by the jungle this was a boys own dream for me, it was like something out of an adventure comic where the explorers (us) discover a temple in the jungle. It was also the place where the first Tomb Raider movie was filmed.
Ta Nei – as small overgrown temple.
Angor Wat – easily one of the most iconic temples in the world, a huge site really well restored and absolutely stunning, but overrun by hoardes of tourists.
Angor Thom – not a temple but a town with the Lepers terrace, the elephant Terrace and Baphouon temple.
And finally Bayon. Dawns favourite, an extraordinary Budhist Temple with over 90 giant carved Budha faces, all smiling, but all slightly different.
Despite Dawn being ill, she struggled through and we had an amazing couple of days, worth the whole trip just o come here alone. We were fortunate to have really good weather and a great guide who managed for the most part to avoid the crowds!
I have posted some photos below, but a lot of the best ones are lost to the unreliability of technology- ho hum!