I have put together what I think were the most memorable scenes and snapshots of my trip to Angkor for the BootsnAll Indie Travel Challenge. Some of these are iconic images, such as the heads of the Bayon temple; some depict intricately carved bas-reliefs, while some of these images capture life in Siem Reap.
The First View of Angkor Wat:
The first view of Angkor Wat is every bit as good as expected, as the iconic towers of the temple come into view.
The Many Faces of Bayon:
The Peeking Face of Ta Phrom:
This is the floating village inhabited by Vietnamese people on Lake Tonle Sap.
The kids are rowing boats shaped like little baskets. I was a bit worried they might fall in, but the kids were having a very good time and seemed very much at home on the water.
Alligator and snake exhibits in the floating souvenir shop.
This is one of the smallest Angkor temples but is the prettiest. The temple is full of intricate carvings from Hindu epics.
These monkey guardians are a striking feature of Banteay Srey.
The lathe pillars in the background remind me of similar structures in the Hoysala temples of Southern India.
No mention of Angkor is complete without the Apsaras, both in the sculpture and the dance.
The Leper King:
Garuda Procession in Siem Reap Village:
During our visit to Siem Reap, a giant float of Garuda, the eagle was taken around Siem Reap. This was I believe, an initiative of local kids and NGOs.