Trip to Cambodia, Part Two: Angkor Wat
We spent two days touring the vast Angkor Wat temple complex...below
are the photos, split out by temple as best
(Chelsea took a large chunk of these photos, as I was busy taking bad
pictures with my real cameras.)
The main temple everyone comes here for, but it's really only the tip
of the iceberg.
The famous skyline, complete with a fat obnoxious tourist.
We saw a monkey scrambling around on this particular part of the ruins,
but I somehow managed not to get a
photo. In fact, despite seeing a lot of monkeys I didn't get
snaps of any of them.
You have the chance to have your photo taken with a decorative horse
while at Angkor Wat. I'm guessing it was
probably some sort of Khmer tradition.
When I look at this picture I like to think I'm the second coming of
Dennis Hopper's character from "Apocolypse Now".
Seriously? You're at one of the most historic sites in the entire
world, and you brought a book of sudoku puzzles to
work through? I wish I had two more hands so I could give this
four thumbs down.
One of my favorite carvings in the whole place.
Thought this was interesting, a wall relief carving that was started
but never finished.
Angkor Thom is not one temple but rather a collection of temples set
within a huge set of walls.
...And you can catch an elephant ride to get there.
The first set of ruins we stopped at in Angkor Thom was Bayon.
Winner of the "Best Flame Haircut Found in a National Park" award.
A bunch of building blocks waiting to be reassembled. It's like
the most biggerest giantest set of Legos ever.
It's a terrace covered in elephant carvings...named Terrace of Elephants.
After seeing the elephants we stopped at the nearby food stands for
lunch with our good friend temple dog.
This was one of my very favorite temples of the whole place...one of
the tallest in the park - what it lacks in decoration
it makes up for in height.
Oh no Mr. Bill!
It was a steep climb - Chelsea was not feeling it.
I climbed to the top but you can see where Chelsea turned around.
After Angkor Wat, the most famous temple in the park...the jungle has
begun taking this one over, leading to a lot of
interesting formations where nature meets rock.
Temple dog #2 was there to greet us. Such hospitable dogs this
The trees look like they were just poured out of a glass onto the walls
and buildings of the temple.
This tree tried to eat Chelsea. True story.
This is the start of the second day of the temples...while the first
day was the big stars, the second day was a lot of
lesser temples. What they lacked in grandeur they made up for in
being less crowded and a more enjoyable viewing
On our way to the temples of the day we passed the reservoir of Sra
I found the stone turned window bars fascinating for some reason, hence
how many damn photos we took of them.
Chelsea pretending to be...uh, one of those people who does this sort
of thing. I think they are called yoga teachers?
Someone better prepare herself for a flying suplex off the top rope...
It was a bit of a drive out to this temple, passing through a few
Good god it was hot out at this temple, so hot the statue got the hell
out of there and didn't even take his feet with him.
Before you ask, we didn't go to West Mebon. Once upon a time,
this temple would have been an island in the middle
of a huge reservoir.
We didn't get near the real elephants, so this will have to do.
Just north of East Mebon...a little similar to Ta Prohm on a smaller
Prasat Krol Ko
This small temple was just a little bit off the beaten path...we were
the only ones there which made it seem a little cooler.
A pretty unspectacular spot in the dry season, but apparently quite a
sight during the wet season when the pools are
full of water.
The final temple of our trip...this thing had more chambers than
an...uh...Chambers family reunion?
A photo of me taking a photo. I think this sort of thing creates
a wormhole if you do it too often.
An unusual building in Angkor Wat - a two story building (though the
floor is no longer there).
Look at that tree root!!! Too Crazy.
Coming up in the final part...the floating village of Chong Kneas and
the beaches of Sihanoukville.