Angkor Archaeological Park 2

I spent the second day of my Angkor pass with my friends Lara and Grant. You may remember this infamous couple from my Tokyo posts. Their honeymoon itinerary and my solo trip overlapped again in SE Asia 🙂

We decided to rent a car and make our way to Banteay Srei, one of the further temples (about 1 hour versus the 30 mins to the main area) built in the 10th century of beautiful red sandstone and dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Because hard red sandstone can be carved like wood, Banteay Srei is known for the intricacy of its carvings.

After Banteay Srei, we made our way back to Siem Reap via 4-5 more temples, like Banteay Samre, and a stop at Cambodia’s Landmine Museum (separate post).

Here are some more photos:

Newlyweds (below)

South gate of Angkor Thom (below)

It was Mother’s Day, so we snapped some shots to send back home!

It’s close to 100 degrees and 99% humidity in the morning and only gets worse, so a nice dip in the pool post temple-hopping was much appreciated. Thanks for getting a hotel with a pool, guys!

The last day of my pass, I decided to use one of the bicycles at my hostel to explore more of the temples. I was off timing-wise by just the right amount because tourist groups were leaving each temple just as I arrived. It was a very meditative day. No pictures, except on the ride home. I always stop for monkeys.

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