Ta Prohm Temple

Root shrouded Ta Prohm Temple

The ancient city of Angkor used to be a capital of the ancient Khmer Empire of Cambodia and one of the largest cities in the world. This huge complex of buildings, covering about 600 square kilometers, was known far beyond the Khmer Empire until it was destroyed by Siamese troops in 1431. Till the end…

Ta Prohm

Overgrown Ta Prohm, the “Tomb Raider” Temple

The overgrown Ta Prohm temple is maybe best known for the part it played in the movie “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider”. And yes, this is where I first learnt about this beautiful temple so I was quite excited at getting to explore this temple for myself.  Although it is known that the film took visual…

Ta Nei Temple

The Crumbling Walls of Ta Nei Temple

Veering of the usual tourist path my mom and I entered the jungle in search of Ta nei temple which is known for its fallen and crumbling walls. To get there my mom and I had to walk along a dirt path for about 1km from the Victory Gate of Angkor Thom until we reached…

Beng Melea Temple

The Jungle is Reclaiming Beng Melea Temple

Nestled in the jungles of Angkor Wat lies Beng Melea a sprawling temple covering over one square kilometer. This temple is hidden away and not very touristy, giving it an adventurous, ‘lost temple’ feel. Luckily for us our “guide” or rather tuc-tuc driver knew where we could see the best temples even if they weren’t on the tour map.…

Giant stone Faces of Bayon

The Giant Smiling stone Faces of Bayon

The giant stone faces of Bayon have become one of the most recognizable images connected to classic Khmer art and architecture. The state-temple, Bayon is set at the center of the city Angkot Wat. As we approached Bayon my mom and I stopped and stood stunned before it. It was like nothing else I had ever seen before. The…

Statues of Ta Phrom temple

Weekly Photo Challenge: Ancient Relics

The first place I thought of as soon as they mentioned Relics for the weekly photo challenge was Angkor Wat and its magnificent statues! Angkor includes a number of majestic temple complexes, the most famous of which is the “Temple City” of Angkor Wat. It was built as a temple and mausoleum for King Suryavarman…

Devas protecting the causeway to Angkor Thom

The Devas protecting the causeway to Angkor Thom

Before entering the amazing city temple of Angkor Thom  we crossed the causeway spanning the moat in front of each tower. These bridges have a row of devas on the left and asuras on the right. They are huge and towered over me as I stood next to them. Each row holding a naga in the attitude of a tug-of-war.…

Entrances to Angkor Thom

The Grandiose Entrances to Angkor Thom

Angkor Thom (Big Angkor) is a 3km walled and moated royal city and was the last capital of the Angkorian Empire. There are five entrances or gates in to this city. There is a gate at each cardinal point leading you to the Royal Palace and we actually got to visit three of these gates.…

Beaches of Sihanoukville

The Beautiful Beaches of Sihanoukville

Sihanoukville is Cambodia’s main beach destination and is popular with locals, backpackers and expats alike. This was my first holiday destination after moving to Ho Chi Minh city. A group of us expats took a bus from Ho Chi Minh City to Sihanoukville. I quickly learnt that toilets are nearly non-existent at rest stops in Vietnam…

Sunrise over Angkor Wat Temple

Sunrise over Angkor Wat Temple

If there is one sight that is worth getting up at 4am for it is to see the sun rise over Angkor Wat Temple. It is one of the most beautiful scenes I have had the opportunity to share with my mother. The modern name, Angkor Wat, means “City Temple” , so fitting as this…

Sihanoukville beach

Fresh Squid on Sihanoukville beach

On the long white beaches of Sihanoukville, yoke-basket women trudge across the hot, blinding sand, their silhouettes etched against the shimmering sea. These woman shield their faces from the tropical sun with palm hats and their limbs with long-sleeve blouses and pants. They look as if they have just walked out of the rice paddies.…

Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

Phnom Pehn, City of History of Genocide and Torture

One of the most shocking and depressing places I have ever visited was the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Pehn. The site, a former high school, is filled with horror stories of torture and death, mutilation and torture. This school was used as the notorious Security Prison 21 by the Khmer Rouge regime from…

Some of the thousands of skulls dug up in the Killing Fields

Travel theme: Spooky – in Cambodia

 While I was touring Cambodia I went to The Killing Fields, where the Khmer Rouge regime executed about 17,000 people between 1975 and 1979. Mass graves containing thousands of bodies were discovered at Choeung Ek after the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime. Many of the dead were former inmates in the Tuol Sleng prison. I think this…