A little more Angkor
Angkor Wat is really just the name for one of the archeological sites within a massive area of but it’s become shorthand for the whole sprawl of sites, many still just being excavated. It was difficult to decide which to see on day 2 as there are many locations outside of the classic tour. I let Mr. Bonny, my tuk tuk driver, help me decide and he (conveniently) wanted me to see sites on the two opposite ends of the area (so that he could charge a little more I suppose) but I was ok with giving him the business and figured that the longer drive between sites would give me a chance to see some of the countryside. It was another magnificent day, courtesy of those magnificent builders from long ago!
Snipets and Highlights: Day Two
Rolous Group. 3 locations each with its own characteristics and visual appeal. As it was only 8am, they were all glowing with the early morning rays. Also nice to enjoy before the sun started beating down. My favorite of the three: Bakong.
Next up, Bantaey Srei, also known as the Lady Temple. This site was really interesting, due to the relatively small scale of the buildings all made out of a pink sandstone and with almost every available surface covered with miniature carvings of incredible detail. After my first pass through the site I went through again, but this time using the super zoom lens on my camera to see some of the details further back.
Banteay Samre was a bonus stop as we were ahead of schedule and the highlight was that there was no one there! Gave me a chance to get a few shots of myself as I didn’t have to feel bashful about setting up the ol’ tripod! One downside of traveling solo. This site hasn’t had much renovations done to it so it is another one that is nice to see in its natural state. And, it had many shaded places to sit and rest, which was necessary as it was a scorcher.
Pre Rup was a nice place to wind down the day and is a popular place for people to try and catch the sunset. I don’t get overly excited about sunsets but it was nice to crawl up to the top of the temple and sit amongst the crowd and overhear dozens of different languages being spoken. Everyone was happily recounting their favorite stops of the day and sharing tips with other visitors.