Cambodia - 2016

Cambodia revisited - 2016
Exploring the Temples of Angkor & eye-opening Kampong Kleang.
This is part 8 of the Full Circle
Around the World Tour
Angkor Wat-sunrise-1  Sunrise above Angkor Wat - Cambodia -  january 2016 Angkor Thom-4  Faces of Angkor Thom - Cambodia -  january 2016 Angkor Wat-4  Fine stone carvings at Angkor Wat - Cambodia -  january 2016 Angkor Wat-5  Receiving blessings from a nun after I donated for the preservation of Angkor Wat - Cambodia -  january 2016
Angkor Wat-8  Having a picture at Angkor Wat - Cambodia -  january 2016 Angkor Wat-9  Angkor Wat, the largest religiuos monument in the world measuring 1,626,000 square meters ! Cambodia -  january 2016 Kampong Kleang-44  The kids of Kampong Kleang - Cambodia -  january 2016 Angkor Wat-14  Angkor Wat originally constructed as a Hindu temple for the Khmer Empire, gradually transforming into a Buddhist temple toward the end of the 12th century. Cambodia - january 2016
Kampong Kleang-3bis  Kampong Kleang, about 55km from Siem Reap. It has a population of about 10,000 people. Cambodia - january 2016 Angkor Wat-17  Young monk at Angkor Wat - january 2016 Angkor Thom-9  Angkor Thom was established as the capital of Jayavarman VII's empire, and was the centre of his massive building programme. Cambodia - january 2016 Angkor Thom-1  Angkor Thom is in the Bayon style. The face-towers at each of the entrances to the city and in the naga-carrying giant figures which accompany each of the towers. Cambodia - january 2016
Angkor Wat-18  Friendly monk at Angkor Wat - Cambodia - january 2016 Angkor Thom-11  At each corner of the city is a Prasat Chrung—corner shrine—built of sandstone and dedicated to Avalokiteshvara. These are cruciform with a central tower, and orientated towards the east. angkor Thom - Cambodia - january 2016 Angkor Wat-10  Angkor Wat combines two basic plans of Khmer temple architecture: the temple-mountain and the later galleried temple. Cambodia - january 2016 Angkor Thom-3  Most of the great Angkor ruins have vast displays of bas-relief depicting the various gods, goddesses, and other-worldly beings from the mythological stories and epic poems of ancient Hinduism (modified by centuries of Buddhism). Angkor Thom - Cambodia - january 2016
Angkor Wat-24  I wonder what this woman had experienced the past centuries during the cruel rule of Pol Pot's regime. I could read in her eyes that it has'nt been a pleasant period. Angkor Wat - Cambodia - january 2016 Angkor Wat-25  Angkor Wat temple is admired for the grandeur and harmony of the architecture, its extensive bas-reliefs, and for the numerous devatas adorning its walls. Cambodia - january 2016 Angkor Wat-29  Mingling with the monks at Angkor Wat Cambodia - january 2016 Angkor Wat-32  The modern name, Angkor Wat, means "Temple City" or "City of Temples" in Khmer.  Cambodia - january 2016
Bantaey Kdei-4  Taking a rest at Banteay Kdei Cambodia - january 2016 Ta Phrom-South gate-2  Leaving Ta Phrom South Gate - Cambodia - january 2016 Bantaey Srei-6  Banteay Srey is a 10th-century Cambodian temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Cambodia - january 2016 Kampong Kleang-5  Everyone who lives at Kampong Kleang makes a living by fishing Cambodia - january 2016
Countryside-1  Country side at Cambodia - january 2016 Bantaey Srei-7  Banteay Srei is built largely of red sandstone, a medium that lends itself to the elaborate decorative wall carvings which are still observable today. Cambodia - january 2016 Bantaey Srei-9  Banteay Srei was the only major temple at Angkor not built by a monarch; its construction is credited to the courtiers named Vishnukumara. Cambodia - january 2016 Bantaey Srei-11  Fine stone carving at Banteay Srei - Cambodia - january 2016
Angkor Wat-sunrise-4  Hundreds of photographers from around the world are rushing in each early morning to be first at the pond in front of Angkor wat to capture this image. Cambodia - january 2016 Kampong Kleang-41  The local kids of Kampong Kleang - Cambodia - january 2016 Bantaey Srei-15  Banteay Srei image - Cambodia - january 2016 Kampong Kleang-33  This poor girl needs to work in the heat of the sun, the kids have no education - Kampong Kleang - january 2016
Bantaey Srei-19  Entrance of Banteay Srei - january 2016 Ta Phrom-13  Built in the Bayon style largely in the late 12th and early 13th centuries, Ta Phrom became famous because of the movie Tomb Raider with Angelina Jolie. Ta Phrom - january 2016 Angkor Wat-31  Young monks at Angkor Wat - january 2016 Bantaey Samre-1  Park rangers at Banteay Samre - january 2016
Banteay Srei-27  Banteay Srei detailed stone carvings - Cambodia - january 2016 Angkor Thom-7  Faces of Angkor Thom - january 2016 Ta Phrom-30  UNESCO inscribed Ta Prohm on the World Heritage List in 1992. Cambodia - january 2016 Bantaey Srei-4  Banteay Srei - january 2016
East-Mebon  Tourist reading in front of East Mebon tower - Cambodia - january 2016 Ta Phrom-South gate-12  One of the many statues that lines Ta Phrom South Gate. Cambodia - january 2016 Kampong Kleang-2  You will explore the canals (wet season) or streets (dry season) of this incredible town of Kampong Kleang Cambodia - january 2016 Kampong Kleang-4  Smiling girl at Kampong Kleang - january 2016
Angkor Wat-6  Nun at Angkor Wat - january 2016 Kampong Kleang-8  The friendly people of Kampong Kleang - january 2016 Kampong Kleang-10  Cool dude - Kampong Kleang - january 2016 Kampong Kleang-15  Having lunch - Kampong Kleang - january 2016
Kampong Kleang-43  Children are in high need of drinking water, bicycles and other essential things. But they never lose their smiles despite poverty. Cambodia - january 2016 Kampong Kleang-30  The water level of the Tonle Sap fluctuates greatly throughout the year and the lake will be at its most picturesque and scenic during the months of October to January when it is full from the heavy summer rains. Kampong Kleang - january 2016 Kampong Kleang-23  Schoolgirl after class - Kampong Kleang - january 2016 Kampong Kleang-11  Beautifull young lady - i captured this picture at a local wedding. Kampong Kleang - january 2016
Kampong Kleang-12  Cambodian ladies are very pretty - january 2016 Kampong Kleang-14  Busy sending messages - Kampong Kleang - january 2016 Kampong Kleang-1  Kampong Kleang - Cambodia - january 2016 Kampong Kleang-13  Wedding party at Kampong Kleang - january 2016
Kampong Kleang-16  Take a rest - Kampong Kleang - january 2016 Kampong Kleang-17  In the wet season, the houses appear to be floating, as water laps at the verandas, but in the dry season towering stilts are revealed, the houses almost like wooden skyscrapers.  Kampong Kleang - january 2016 Kampong Kleang-19  Children at Kampong Kleang - january 2016 Kampong Kleang-26  Returning home from the floating school - Kampong Kleang - january 2016
Kampong Kleang-29  A female captain - Kampong Kleang - january 2016 Bayon-1  The Bayon - Cambodia - january 2016 Angkor Wat-19  Monk at Angkor Wat - january 2016 Kampong Kleang-32  Kamong Kleang has a population of about 10,000 people, all of whom make a living from the fishing industry. I helped the locals carrying this fishtrap. Unfortunately there is no image that proves me doing so. Kampong Kleang - january 2016
Ta Phrom-15  Today, Ta Phrom is one of the most visited complexes in Cambodia’s Angkor region. Cambodia - january 2016 Kampong Kleang-36  Kamong Kleang sees very few visitors as it is quite far from Siem Reap. Cambodia - january 2016 Kampong Kleang-39  Shy girl at Kampong Kleang - january 2016 Ta Phrom-West gate-1  Ta Phrom West Gate - january 2016
Ta Phrom-4  The temple's stele records that the site was home to more than 12,500 people (including 18 high priests and 615 dancers), with an additional 800,000 souls in the surrounding villages working to provide services and supplies. Ta Phrom - Cambodia - january 2016 Kampong Kleang-46  I never could get enough of the smiling faces at Kampong Kleang - january 2016 Kampong Kleang-48  Cool boy at the waterfront - Kampong Kleang - january 2016 Kampong Kleang-50  Kamong Kleang - Cambodia - 2016
Lily  Beautiful lily flower - I took this shot in front of a local restaurant. Siem Reap - Cambodia - january 2016 Siem Reap-1  Covered bridge to the Old Market - Siem Reap - january 2016 Siem Reap-3  When I visited this place back in 2000 (see other Cambodia photo gallery at this website), this street was nothing more than a strip of sand with a small open aired hang-out to get a beer. Nowadays, the once alley is now called Pub Street for a good reason. Siem Reap - january 2016 Siem Reap-5  With Rose, the ever friendly receptionist at the Golden Temple Hotel. Siem Reap - january 2016
Kampong Kleang-7  When I arrived at Kampong Kleang, I gave my lunch package to the kids.  Cambodia - january 2016 Angkor Wat-20  Angkor Wat temple complex - january 2016 Siem Reap-7  Waitress at the Golden Temple Hotel posing here at the swimming pool. Siem Reap - january 2016 Siem Reap-9  Having a beer - Siem Reap - january 2016
Siem Reap-13  Street scene at Siem Reap. The pig was still alive when carried at the motobike - january 2016 Siem Reap-14  Lunch anyone ? Snakes on sale - Siem Reap - january 2016 Siem Reap-15  Giant spiders for sale on the market. Cambodians love to eat insects of all sorts. I have to admit that I have'nt tried one of these snacks. Siem Reap - january 2016 Siem Reap-16  I rather prefer dinner at the Golden Temple Hotel instead of fried spiders. Siem Reap - Cambodia - january 2016
Ta Phrom-1  Ta Prohm was singled out because it was "one of the most imposing temples and the one which had best merged with the jungle. Cambodia - january 2016 Ta Phrom-3  The design of Ta Prohm is that of a typical Khmer temple. Cambodia - january 2016 Ta Phrom-7  After the fall of the Khmer Empire in the 17th century, the temple of Ta Prohm was abandoned and neglected for centuries. Cambodia - january 2016 Ta Phrom-10  When the conservation and restoring started in the begiinning of the 21st century, Ta Prohm would be left largely as it had been found. Cambodia - january 2016
Ta Phrom-14  As of 2013, Archaeological Survey of India has restored most parts of the temple complex some of which have been constructed from scratch. Ta Phrom - january 2016 Angkor Wat-sunrise-7  Very early sunrise of Angkor Wat - january 2016 Ta Phrom-19  Wooden walkways, platforms and roped railings have been put in place around the site to protect the monument from further damages due to the large tourist inflow. Ta Phrom - january 2016 Ta Phrom-21  The trees growing out of the ruins are perhaps the most distinctive feature of Ta Prohm, and "have prompted more writers to descriptive excess than any other feature of Angkor. Ta Phrom - january 2016
Ta Phrom-24  Two species of trees predominate, but sources disagree on their identification: the larger is either the silk-cotton tree or thitpok and the smaller is either the strangler fig or Gold Apple tree. Ta Phrom - Cambodia - january 2016 Ta Phrom-South gate-1  Not many people knows about this picturesque spot at Ta Phrom's South Gate but thanks to my Cambodian mentor Kimleng Sang, I was able to capture this spectacular picture. Ta Phrom - Cambodia - january 2016 Ta Phrom-South gate-9  Monks at Ta Phrom South Gate - Cambodia - january 2016 Kampong Kleang-49  Kampong Kleang is only accessible by road during dry season. In the wet season this road will dissapear and the entire region becomes a lake. Cambodia - january 2016