Siem Reap - From the balcony of the guesthouse
On the trail to Kbal Spean - The River of Thousand Lingas
Vishnu, sleeping on Adishesha.
The thousand lingas carved under water. Intended to purify the water that flows over it, before it reaches Angkor.
Banteay Srei - Citadel of the woman. Intricate carving of Indra on the 3-headed Airavata.
Sanskrit written in Khmer script.
Inner gopuras of Banteay Srei. Most intricate carvings of any Angkorian temple.
One of the temples in Koh Ker complex.
Ruination never looked so magnificent.
Spent a couple of wonderful hours here.
Moat of the main Koh Ker temple.
Is this Cambodia, or Yucatan?
The main temple of Koh Ker, as seen from behind. Reminds one of Mayan pyramids.
There are several temple ruins in the Koh Ker complex
Day 3 -Sunrise at Angkor Wat
The sun begins to make an appearance
Early morning - courtyard of Angkor Wat
Rama battling Ravana
The inner courtyard and library. The temple comprises of several platforms each higher than the previous one - built to portray Mt. Kailasa
The final platform - a steep climb. The main gopura is hidden behind the one in the foreground. These guys went insane as far as symmetry was concerned.
Early in the morning is the best time to visit - before the crush of tourists begins.
Looking outward from the top platform.
They always take care to carve the fingers in fine detail
Apsaras on the penultimate level.
There are dozens of these apsaras and it is said that no two hairstyles are the same.
The main gopura is the one in the center. Might not look bigger than the other two, but it is.
Bas reliefs on the outside walls - Battle of Ramayana.
Depiction of Hell
Churning of the Ocean of milk by the Asuras and Devas to obtain nectar - a recurring theme in Angkorian art
Ta Prohm - my favourite temple of Angkor - located inside Angkor Thom. There are several temples inside the walled city of Angkor Thom.
The temple rises in the middle of the forest
It's like some alien is trying to strangle stone
Visit late in the evening when there is almost no one. Wandering in the narrow corridors one can easily get lost and it is best to do so.
Preah Khan - another temple taken over by time and nature
Grecian looking building of unknown function
The Bayon - the most distinctive temple of Angkor - also within Angkor Thom.
Looks like a plle of rubble, but look carefully and you see serene faces looking back
As you climb into the temple, you come face to face with the visage of Avalokiteshwara - the serene Buddha
I couldn't stop taking photos
Two smiling faces
Terrace of Elephants, seen from the Terrace of the Leper King. That's the main road that passes through Angkor Thom.
Temple of Beng Malea - couple of hours outside Siem Reap. Nature gone insane. Like some wild Hollywood set.
Prasat Preah Vihear - spectacular setting - on top of a cliff. Nearly 5 hours from Siem Reap.
There is a dispute between Thailand and Cambodia regarding ownership of this temple. There are more soldiers here than tourists. We welcomed it.
We were the first and only tourists here
Madhavi, Anmol, Amruta, Ranga, Me
Souvenier shopping in Siem Reap
The view from my cottage in Koh Rong island in the Gulf of Thailand.
Clear, warm water - laszing on a hammock all afternoon, snorkeling.... I even tried SCUBA diving.
Can't ask for more than this.
3 days of R&R before heading back to the US.