Eaten at Palm Village Resort & Spa, Siem Reap, Cambodia.
After a long day of cycling around the temples there were always three places I came past on my way back: Bayon, its South Gate and Angkor Wat.
Here are some photos taken with the sun getting lower. I never stayed for sunset. Just too many tourists and tuk-tuks about.
Small but pretty temple opposite from Chau Say Tevoda.
This is another great example what having UNESCO World Heritage status helps with.
The temple was in a dilapidated state with 4,000 of its elements lying scattered on the embankment and in the Siem Reap River. Can you imagine?
Many of the elements were used in the restoration and recreation work carried out by a team sponsored by the People’s Republic of China between 2000 and 2009. The temple was reopened in late 2009.
Several countries such as France, Japan and Germany are currently involved in Angkor Wat conservation projects.
A very pretty Khmer temple mountain, possibly the first one entirely built of sandstone.
This temple is undergoing partial restoration, like many others. Ta Keo’s restauration is supported by China.
This temple started out looking like all the others: partially crumbled walls, some towers, lots of bas relief carvings…
So why was this one as crowded as Angkor Wat? Because it was a filming location for a Lara Croft movie. Yes, the one with the creepy tree roots!
Passed another gate entrance to Banteay Kdei on my way to Ta Prohm. Very much Bayon style with the faces.
There were so many more beautiful butterflies and dragonflies around, alas too fast to capture.
This is the big terrace opposite Banteay Kdei at the artificial lake. The lake is surrounded by stone steps, making it easy for everyone to get to the water and dangle their feet in.
Just a short excerpt to give you an idea what I heard at several temples.