Snapshots from Angkor

I know it’s long over, but here it is – Angkor in photos!

Last July, we boarded a bumpy bus ride to cross the border from Vietnam to Cambodia. We know little about the country before coming here. In fact, the only reason Cambodia was on our list was because I wanted to see Angkor Wat. That’s it. That and an Angkor Wat documentary we watched on a Korean Air flight a few months prior.

We hired a tuk tuk driver and spent a leisure 2-days exploring the temples. For a great story on how sincere tuk-tuk drivers are in Cambodia, go here.

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Day 1 began at dawn, catching sunrise at the famous Angkor Wat temple. Unfortunately, it was extremely cloudy so when the sun rose, we missed the entire thing. Instead, the sky lit quickly and we were able to see Angkor Wat across the water.

Angkor Wat

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Can you spot G?

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We had a lot of fun framing photos here at Angkor Wat.

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When we ran into a gang of monkeys, G was excited to photographed them. I was more hesitant, they looked mischievous and up to no good.

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We spent Day 2 circling the smaller circuit which included a visit to Bayon, Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm and more.

Bayon

The faces of Bayon were both fascinating and eerie at the same time. I tried counting before I gave up and just sat and gazed for awhile.

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Angkor Thom

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Banteay Srei

This temple is considered to be a Khmer art jewel with the most intricately carved red sandstone.

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Ta Prohm

Popularized by Angelina Jolie’s Tomb Raider. By the time we got to Ta Prohm, it started to rain, hard. Our ponchos provided little relief. We found cover within the temple walls and waited until the rain calmed which did not take long.

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Tips:
  • For $15 a day, hire a tuk-tuk driver to help you get from one site to the next.
  • It’s easy to get temple’d out. Try not to squeeze it all in a day.
  • Be respectful. Wear tops that cover your shoulders. This is still a temple.

The grounds of Angkor is remarkably preserved. It’s breathtaking and captivating. So much history resides within the the Park which stretches over some 400 square kilometres, it is hard not to be in awe at this UNESCO Heritage site.

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  • CaptainandClark

    Ugh. Why can’t we just travel with world with you two all the time? We loved the photos. Neither of us have ever visited Angkor Wat and it is high on our priority list. Thanks for sharing your memories. Let’s plan a double date trip in the future. Yes?

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      We’d double date with you around the world anytime. :)

  • Carl Forbes

    Loving the pics guys! You may have been unlucky with the sunrise but you still got some ace shots!

  • Beth

    Great photos! Angkor is high on my travel list, and I’m hoping to finally get out there this spring! Glad you guys seemed to really enjoy it.

  • http://www.chasingthewild.com/ Lindsey

    Gorgeous photos!

  • Raul (@ilivetotravel)

    I have to say that this along with the Taj Mahal are the top items left in my list of “human creations” yet to see. I have GOT TO make my way there soon!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Agreed. Taj Mahal really surpassed my expectations. A real wonder.

  • Leah Travels

    The last photo of the girl in B & W is really stunning. Simply great.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Yeah. She was there all by herself. So random, now sure how she even got there!

  • @mrsoaroundworld

    One day, one day I will get there. Fab photos!

  • Lola DiMarco

    I’m sorry but I have to say that when I was in Cambodia I had THE best tuk-tuk driver there is! Your pics are fab! And I’d be a little unsure about those mischievous monkeys too!

  • The World Wanderer

    Beautiful photos! Cambodia is a bit of a sore spot for me, as I was supposed to go when I went to SE Asia, but it didn’t happen. I will get back there one of these days. I just have to see this for my own eyes.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Don’t worry. It’s going nowhere. :)

  • http://travelingted.com/ Traveling Ted

    Beautiful photos bring back great memories. I should have done the tuk-tuk thing, but I was stubborn and did not want to pay the extra cash after doling out the money for the entrance fee. I rented a $1.00 bicycle instead and nearly died of heat exhaustion.

  • http://www.jettingaround.com/ Pola

    Great photos! Looking good on that tuk-tuk. :)
    I’m hoping to visit Asia next year and your posts are making me do so even more.

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