To reach this ruin, one have to hike up a small hill. Not good for me as of all the days, I chose that day to wear a skirt. Yes:(
The steps leading up to the top of the temple were extremely steep, as seen in the pic above. Many people practically had to crawl on all fours just to go up the steps. Now, the book did not mention it but I did read in an article of a travel magazine in our hotel, that the reason these steps were built so narrow were so when people actually reach the top of the steps, they are practically on all fours and kneeling, hence a sign of bowing down and respect.
The only downside was that there were so many tourists there that it was hard trying to get a good shot of me and my mom.
Another place that many people would not missed out on is the Bayon, one of the largest temples here.
This is the very famous 7-headed naga. Naga means snake here
The reason everyone was queueing to take pic with this Buddha was because it was the one that had the biggest smile:)
A mass of 4-face Bayon Buddha towers here
#3: Angkor Thom / Ta Prohmn
Another place that we went to is Angkor Thom, or Ta Prohmn. This is one of the filming sites for the "Tomb Raider" movie.
These humongous gigantic trees are one of the highlights of this place. Seriously, have you seen roots like this before? Our guide calls them the silver gold bark trees (I think he literally translated them from Mandarin) because when the sun shines on the bark, it glitters like gold and silver.
I enjoy taking the inscriptions on the walls. Each is unique as they tell a story.
#4: Angkor Wat
Finally our last destination is the Angkor Wat. We save the best for the last. However, the last was also a rainy day. We had sunshine for so long that kinda disappointed that it rain on our parade when we came here.
The moat that surrounded the Angkor Wat. I likey the reflection the temple made
The bas-reliefs, which I believed were used as public baths back then
More apsaras on the walls
I took this pic to show the headless Buddha statues on the sides. The reason is that thieves used to steal all these heads and sold them in the black market to Western collectors. That is why most of the Buddha statues here are not the genuine ones because they have moved them to the museum to protect them from thieves
Actually the Angkor Ruins is a huge place. You can spend one whole day here, enjoying both the sunrise and sunset. We also visited Elephant Terrace and Leper King Terrace but didn't take any pics. As well as the Bayon Gate.
But after a while, it does get a little monotonous.