Cambodia March 2012

Posted on Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Finally got to sort my Cambodia photos out!

I headed straight to Siem Reap from Ho Chi Minh since it was just an hour away. Honestly, from the beginning, I couldn’t wait to get here since I’ve always been such a fan of Angkor Wat ever since I saw it in my history books back in high school. Not only is it the biggest Hindu temple complex in the world, but it’s pretty much the symbol of Cambodia!

I stayed at this nice resort hotel that was situated in the center of the city! Actually, hotels were EVERYWHERE because of the huge amount of tourists who fly to their country just to see Angkor Wat and immerse themselves in Cambodian culture. The city of Siam Reap alone gets about 3 million visitors every year. I wasn’t surprised at all when I heard this, because this place is absolutely breathtaking. 

Some of these places might look familiar if you’ve watched Tomb Raider before!

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Cambodia Siem Reap

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Cambodia Siem Reap

This is the south gate of Angkor Throm, the old (and not to mention last!) capital city of the Khmer empire.

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Cambodia Siem Reap

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Cambodia Siem Reap

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Cambodia Siem Reap

It’s near the Siem Reap River, which is super clean and ethereal! The locals did a wonderful job maintaining a lot of their natural resources. Just look at all those trees too!

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Cambodia Siem Reap

The first structure you’ll see when you enter the gate. It doesn’t look too big in this picture, but it’s really complex inside, and tourists are free to go up to the top to take pictures, etc.

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Cambodia Siem Reap

So I did. Watch out for all the cheesy tourist-y poses I’ll be doing in this entry! Decided to wear comfy, fuss-free clothes because we were out under the sun almost the whole day. Wearing a loose Topshop top and mint Zara pants! And my Suelas pink flats which kinda died after this trip, haha fml

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Cambodia Siem Reap

Apparently it was an immensely busy day at Angkor Thom because we saw a lot of crew cleaning, restoring, constructing and maintaining a lot of the structures that we saw. Later you’ll see that even the Angkor Wat was being fixed so I couldn’t really take the best pictures.

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Cambodia Siem Reap

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Cambodia Siem Reap

More amazing details! Just makes you wonder how long it took them to create these structures considering the tools and limited technology they had during that time.

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Cambodia Siem Reap

Tourists were also free to ride these giant elephants if they suddenly found themselves unable to stand or walk properly under 38 C weather.

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Cambodia Siem Reap

Temple Run is real.

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Cambodia Siem Reap

Complete with monkeys!

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Cambodia Siem Reap

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Cambodia Siem Reap

I spent some time inside this complex… because it was just too hot when I got here. I was afraid I would just melt away and not materialize in time for my next road trip to Angkor Wat, lol

Was able to talk to some tourists from other countries who were also waiting for the weather to be a bit better. Most of them were surprised that a “little girl” like me carried a Canon 5D Mk II and a 24-70L lens. 

All for the sake of pretty, professional-looking pictures, I don’t really mind carrying something that weighs like a baby! ;)

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Cambodia Siem Reap

The Elephant Terraces!

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Cambodia Siem Reap

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Cambodia Siem Reap

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Cambodia Siem Reap

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Cambodia Siem Reap

This place where the trees’ roots growing out of the ruins is called Ta Phrom. A place you shouldn’t miss besides Angkor Wat.

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Cambodia Siem Reap

These trees are the most distinctive feature of this 12th century temple. They’ve been around for a long time, so you could just imagine how tall and thick all these trees are!

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Cambodia Siem Reap

ANGKOR WAT. This is best place to take a picture of it, since you could also include its reflection in the water. Unfortunately, some parts were being restored… and the main facade was covered in these bright green scaffoldings :(

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Cambodia Siem Reap

Near the temple was this old, deserted, mini graveyard of sorts, where you could see how ornate their tombstones looked like in the past.

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Cambodia Siem Reap

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Cambodia Siem Reap

The interiors of Angkor Wat were HUGE! Included myself in these pictures so you can see how incredibly gigantic this place was. 

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Cambodia Siem Reap

Forgive me for the cheesy tourist pose that screams “HELLO!!! THIS IS CAMBODIA!!!”

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Cambodia Siem Reap

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Cambodia Siem Reap

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Cambodia Siem Reap

One of my favorite parts of the complex. Reminds me of white and milk chocolate.

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Cambodia Siem Reap

Found some performers resting in a corner. I love their traditional costumes!

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Cambodia Siem Reap

The monkeys were so cute. But they kept stealing people’s food, haha

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Cambodia Siem Reap

One of the entrance gates to Angkor Wat. By this time, people started going to a different temple.

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Cambodia Siem Reap

Which was on top of a hill, where the view was unreal!

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Cambodia Siem Reap

We had to line up because the temple could only accomodate a certain number of people. Good thing we arrived there just in time!

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Cambodia Siem Reap

Hundreds of tourists spent the last leg of their temple tours in this place.

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Cambodia Siem Reap

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Cambodia Siem Reap

Couple shirts!

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Cambodia Siem Reap

Random photo of this Korean girl with the most glorious hair ever.

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Cambodia Siem Reap

Hot air balloon surrounded by birds. Vast grassland. Pretty, but people went to this temple not for this view. :)

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Cambodia Siem Reap

Tricia Gosingtian Travel Photography Cambodia Siem Reap

They went for this one. One of the most surreal sunsets I’ve seen in my entire life.

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