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The Temples of Angkor – Day 1

15 Jul

I was introduced to Cambodia quite by chance. A couple of months ago I saw a friend’s pictures of the Bayon and Angkor Wat; and was immediately smitten. Somehow as Paulo Coelho would say, the universe conspired with my wish and it was granted 🙂 I got to visit Cambodia 🙂

We spent 6 days here (less for such a beautiful place) with 3 days in Siem Reap and 3 days in Phnom Penh. In Siem Reap we decided to tak 2 full days and explore quite a few of the temples that it is so famous for. We didn’t want to make it a hurried trip and cramp everything in one day, nor did we want to just sit and see all the temples at a leisure. Hence 2 days worked best for us.

All the temples in this place are a mix of Hindu and Buddhist mythology. Since the Kings here kept converting between these 2 religions, all the temples carry quite a bit of Hindu mythology (very similar to that in India) and you see the stories from Shiva, Ramayana, Mahabharata etc depicted all over these temples. However the most common is the 4 faces of the Buddha (always resembling their King then) and the sagar manthan / ocean churning between the devas and the asuras.

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Thailand & Cambodia – A Broad Trip Outline

1 Jul

After a long time (and after numerous unsuccessful attempts) we finally went on a holiday and that too to on a 11 day trip to Thailand (5 days) and Cambodia (6 days). This trip was essentially for visiting Cambodia but we figured that the cheapest way to do it was via Bangkok and hence we routed it through Bangkok and spent some time here. This post is just a small teaser with details of our travel itinerary and some quick pictures whereas I will cover each place in further detail through several additional posts.

For the trip we booked return tickets via Indigo Airlines to Bangkok (though didn’t like the flight much but more on that later).

Day 1 – We reached Bangkok by late afternoon and generally did a small walking tour  of our neighbourhood.

Day 2 – 4 – Left Bangkok by road and entered Cambodia through the Aran – Poipet border. Then drove to Siem Reap and did a cruise / boat tour of the floating village of Tonle Sap.  2 days we visited the famous temples of Siem Reap i.e Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Ta Prom, Banteay Srei and many others. Also visited the Pub Street and shopped at the Night markets, Old Markets etc.

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