Angkor Temples - The big circuit

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Preah Khan Temple, looking romanesque

People i met here, who contributed to and improved my trip: Juliana (Russia), Jim (England)

After the first wonderful day at Angkor, i was again a little sceptical as to whether the 'lesser' ruins would keep me entertained for the day. These doubts were laid to rest as we entered Preah Khan, a former Buddhist university. Along with wonderful carvings, the southern entrance was overrun by a huge tree and there was also a wonderful two tiered building that resembled something you would find in ancient Greece or Rome. After walking the length and breadth of the cruciform shaped building, we headed on to the temple at Preah Neak Poan. Unlike the other temples, this was actually a central tower circled by a (dry) pond, with 4 smaller pools circling it.

Me and an elephant at Eastern Mebon Temple
It was nice to see dry, but i'd certainly like to see the difference that the water would make. Last stop before lunch was Ta Som, where the highlight was a large tree overgrowing the eastern gate. We met a lovely little Cambodian girl and relented to buying some postcards from her. We'd been hassled for the previous 2 days, but i'm a sucker for a cheeky grin and good manners.... i guess she has all the things i would love ;)

Fed and watered we spent the afternoon exploring the temples of Eastern Mabon, Pre Rup and Banteay Kdei. Eastern Mebon was notable for the lovely carved elephant statues at each corner, whilst Pre Rup had doubled up as an Angkor crematorium. Both of these sites had similar architectural design, although Eastern Mebon was considerably larger. Banteay Kdei boasted huge outer walls and some interesting carvings, of which Julia and i tried to mimic, with little success. There was also a huge swarm of bees that made for an interesting picture, but i didn't want to stay around too long to get the stings to accompany the picture.

Although the temples on the larger circuit were possibly not as jaw droppingly unique, if they were situated anywhere else in the World they would be swarming with tourists everyday. In contrast, due to the rich selection of ruins in the area, we often only had to share the sites with a handful of people. The day had turned out to be a pleasant relaxing trip, around some beautiful intriguing sites.

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Preah Khan Temple, looking romanes…
Preah Khan Temple, looking romane…
Me and an elephant at Eastern Mebo…
Me and an elephant at Eastern Meb…
Carved figure outside Preah Khan T…
Carved figure outside Preah Khan …
Julia and Jim at Preah Khan Temple
Julia and Jim at Preah Khan Temple
Julia playing Buddha at Preah Khan…
Julia playing Buddha at Preah Kha…
Julia this time playing a lion at …
Julia this time playing a lion at…
Preah Khan Temple
Preah Khan Temple
A reason to stop deforestation at …
A reason to stop deforestation at…
Preah Khan Temple
Preah Khan Temple
Guardian soldiers at Preah Khan Te…
Guardian soldiers at Preah Khan T…
Preah Neak Pean
Preah Neak Pean
Entrance to Ta Som Temple
Entrance to Ta Som Temple
Me at an overgrown gateway of Ta S…
Me at an overgrown gateway of Ta …
Jim and I in the tuk tuk
Jim and I in the tuk tuk
Eastern Mebon Temple, which was al…
Eastern Mebon Temple, which was a…
Eastern Mebon Temple
Eastern Mebon Temple
Eastern Mebon Temple
Eastern Mebon Temple
Julia rides a lion at Eastern Mebo…
Julia rides a lion at Eastern Meb…
Pre Rup Temple
Pre Rup Temple
Inside an area used as a crematori…
Inside an area used as a cremator…
Pre Rup Temple
Pre Rup Temple
Pre Rup Temple
Pre Rup Temple
Please score this out of 10... ser…
Please score this out of 10... se…
Please score this out of 10... ser…
Please score this out of 10... se…
A swarm of bees at Banteay Kdei Te…
A swarm of bees at Banteay Kdei T…
Some cows refreshing in the water …
Some cows refreshing in the water…
A cow walks through Banteay Kdei T…
A cow walks through Banteay Kdei …
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