We left Hanoi and arrived in Siem Reap after a short plane ride. The Siem Reap airport was as notorious as stated in many travel sites for its long lines and "bribery". Seems like people could not get past the main gate without giving couple dollars. After what seemed like hours of waiting we finally passed the immigration checkpoint and headed out to our hotel. The next morning we hired a guide and went to the Angkor Wat.
The sunrise view from our hotel balcony room
Angkor Wat just blew my expectations away. It was an amazing experience strolling around the magnificent architecture. Our guide was very helpful in explaining the amazing history behind Angkor Wat and various seemingly impossible architectural feats accomplished to build the structures.
This is the infamous reflection pond of Angkor Wat :) Just had to take the picture.
I tried to find some original composition of Angkor Wat (if there ever is one). ;)
There were a lot of tourists visiting Angkor Wat so it was difficult trying to find a composition without random tourists here and there in the picture.
After a quick lunch, we took a Tuk Tuk down to Bayon which was about 10 mins away. This is the infamous "face temple."
After Bayon, we rode through the "jungle" on Tuk Tuk down to Ta Prohm (Tomb Raider temple). The Tuk Tuk ride through many different temples and the woods was very relaxing and had some amazing scenery.
There were many of these giant trees covering up many parts of the temple as if they were part of the original architecture.
Siem Reap was just amazing :) definitely would want to return here in the near future to have more time to photograph Angkor Wat. Could understand why the place is considered one of the Wonders of the World!
The next day we took a bus down to Tonle Sap which is a huge man made lake that extends all the way to Phnom Pehn.
We took the boat tour down the giant lake. There were many of these floating villages which according to our guide had some pretty sad history behind them. Nevertheless, it was amazing to see people actually living most of their lives floating on a lake.
This is actually a school :) I was happy to see that many of these schools and libraries were built by donations from Korean missionaries and companies.
We stopped at a mangrove forest to take their famous Canoe tour. It was so peaceful riding the canoe through the picturesque mangroves. The light through the forest was just speechless :)