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10 January 2010 4,889 views 9 Comments
Angkor Wat at sunrise is a mesmerizing sight. As the sky turns purple and goes progressively lighter, you will see more and more details of the distinctive cone-like structure of the famous temple.

Ta Prohm temple became famous when Lara Croft (Angelina Jolie) met the little girl here, in the movie The Tomb Raider. Most of the structures in the complex have been taken over by the huge voracious trees they call strangler figs. Man and nature battle for supremacy, and it is clear who is the winner.
When you enter the Victory Gate, imagine yourself back in the ancient times, approaching the Angkor Thom complex on the back of an elephant. Even riding in the tuktuk, you can still get this feeling.

Bayon Temple has 50 or so towers crowded in a small area. Each tower has four faces carved in stone. This half-smiling one I took from an open doorway. It can be quite tiring to go around, given that there are over 200 faces in the complex!
Which is probably why this tourist felt so tired enough in Bayon that he had to sleep!

Going to Siem Reap, Cambodia from the Philippines:

There is no direct flight from Manila to Siem Reap. For budget travelers from Manila, take the Cebu Pacific flights to Saigon, Vietnam. Take some time there, for you can do a lot of things in Ho Chi Minh City.

Afterwards, there are buses which can take you to Siem Reap via Phnom Penh (a 12-hour trip, for only USD18, one way). There are a lot of travel agencies arranging such trips in District 1, but I recommend The Sinh Tourist along De Tham Road.

 Aleah Taboclaon is a freelance writer and editor. She likes running (completed one marathon, training for the next!), diving (PADI open water diver), and traveling with her Kindle. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus. You can also email her; she would love to hear from you!

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  • Deedee said:

    That tree is really something! Angkor Wat is so beautiful and full of history.

  • Aleah said:

    hi deedee! yes, the trees in ta prohm are really something else. it makes one feel so small! anyway, i hope to go back there and stay a bit longer :)

  • Stories of a Female Solo Traveler | Solitary Wanderer said:

    [...] and encountered so many nice and helpful people. I traveled alone in Malaysia, Vietnam, and Cambodia, too, and the experience was no less memorable. Watching the sun rise over Angkor Wat is [...]

  • sometimes Kim, sometimes Mj said:

    Hi Aleah, where did you stay in Siem Reap?

  • Aleah said:

    @ Kim/MJ: I stayed in Ponlue (http://www.ponloueangkor.com/). Double bed, AC, own bathroom, free breakfast, free wifi. All for $5 per night! It’s walking distance to Pub Street and the Old Market, I just walked there at 12 midnight. Here’s my other post about Angkor Wat: A Guide to Visiting Angkor Wat in One Day. When are you going? Am so excited for you!
    Aleah recently posted..Danakit Cave: Spelunking in Tandag, Surigao del Sur

  • sometimes Kim, sometimes Mj said:

    Whoa, $5! Amazing! Sa September sana if we can take off from work, keeping our fingers crossed:-D Will check your other post, thanks!
    sometimes Kim, sometimes Mj recently posted..DINING: Quan An Ngon, HCMC, Vietnam

  • Snapshot Sunday—Child in Ta Prohm Temple, Siem Reap, Cambodia | Solitary Wanderer said:

    [...] 14 August 2011 1 views No Comment Tweet Share Ta Prohm is one of the temples in the Angkor Archaeological Complex in Siem Reap, Cambodia. It’s one of the most popular temples in the area, mostly because of its strange beauty, but also [...]

  • Maybe it’s this. « The Wanderism Syndrome said:

    [...] you were lucky enough she’s chosen you and not that bloke she met while watching the sun rise in Angkor Wat, or while whitewater rafting in the Padas Gorge in [...]

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    [...] were lucky enough she’s chosen you and not that bloke she met while watching the sun rise in Angkor Wat, or while whitewater rafting in the Padas Gorge in [...]

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