On our second day at Angkor, we decided to start a little later in the morning, as our first day had been quite long. We left our guesthouse at around 9am, and our first stop at the park was Angkor Wat, so that we could fully explore the inside of the temple.
Inside Angkor WatIt was another hot, sunny day, and there were masses of people already at the temple. It was so amazing to finally walk inside the building, and admire the perfectly laid stones with their intricate carvings. The whole temple is just so massive, and it truly blows the mind how this was built many many hundreds of years ago.
The contrast between seeing the temple awashed with golden light from the setting sun the previous day, to seeing it in the bright morning sun was huge. The clear blue of the sky made the building stand out as bold as ever.
That evening after our visit to Angkor, I watched the National Geographic feature on Angkor Wat, and I learnt that experts believe the temple was constructed in only about 35 years! The fact that they completed the project in such a short amount of time makes the whole building even more mind blowing.
After we had walked through the whole building, we got back into the tuk tuk and headed to some of the smaller temples. We drove through Angkor Thom again, and passed the Bayon Temple with its cheeky banana snatching monkeys.
Neak Pean lake and temple
Ta Som temple
East Mebon temple
Pre Rup temple
Charlotte posed for some pictures on the temple steps :)
Our last stop of the day was a small temple, the name I cannot remember, with inbuilt shrines constructed out of brick.
We ended our day here, heading back to our guesthouse feeling full of wonder and appreciation at the sights we had seen in the past two days.
Visiting the Angkor Archaeological Park was definitely a major highlight of the trip so far, and I am so grateful that we were able to visit it. It is an amazing part of history that has stood the test of time.
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