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Sneak Preview of Angkor Temples

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I think we saw over two dozen Angkor temples in Siem Reap in Cambodia, and as I am quite trigger happy, that means a lot of photos. I actually think I have too many photos from Angkor, well over a thousand. If you’d ask my sister, she would definitely say that I have too many photos. And therein lies the the problem; I don’t want to see any more Angkor temples.

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When I was writing (read: struggling with) this post, I just happened to also read Dalenes post All ruined out, which stroke a chord with me. When traveling, you can easily overdose on something and in this case it was Angkor temples. After over two days of touring different temples with a tuk-tuk, we were basically all templed out. I didn’t care that there were still dozens of temples we hadn’t seen. I didn’t want to see anymore. And I still don’t.

Alright, let me start from the beginning on how all this happened.

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On our first evening on Angkor temples our tuk-tuk dropped us off at the bottom of the Phnom Bakheng temple, well the hill which on top of Phnom Bakheng stands. We joined the hundred other travelers who seemed to have also decided to climb up on that day. As we climbed higher we realized it was more and more travelers. It was like every traveler and their moms had decided to walk up to the Phnom Bakheng ruins on the same evening.

The reason all of us were climbing the hill, was the sunset that was supposed to be spectacular from there. So each of us climbed on top of the ruin and sat down where ever we could fit. The only problem being that there was a massive rain cloud blocking the view. As the rain cloud moved closer, we decided to make a run for it, before we got wet.

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Next morning we got up at 5:30 am (!) to get our tuk-tuk, to see the sun rise at the iconic Angkor Wat temple. This again was slightly spoiled the few hundred tourists standing in the designed spot of “watch sunrise from here”, we walked past them to explore the temple itself. The front façade of the temple was also under construction, which was going to ruin the sunrise anyway. However Angkor Wat itself was still actually quite impressive.

After this we stopped maybe at a half dozen other sites. Next day we started at a much more reasonable 8:30 ish, though we drove much further to see the Banteay Srey, which might actually be described with a word rarely used for temples, cute. It’s like a miniature prototype of a temple.

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While I have shied away describing the temples of Agkor, it is not because I did not enjoy them, on the contrary, I actually really did enjoy the temples, but I am not yet in a state to describe them in a way that befits them. So yes, there will be another proper post about Angkor in the future, for now you will have make do with this, as I am all templed out.

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  1. I’ve heard of many people who get ‘All Templed Out’ at Angkor…I am sure you are not alone!

    (Thanks for the shout-out!)
    Dalene recently posted..Connemara, Ireland – In PhotosMy Profile

    • Yeah, there is just so much of them, but I am sure it can happen with anything while traveling, like you said be it waterfalls, mountains, ruins… :)

      You’re welcome, I really enjoy your blog :)

  2. I love Siem Reap and have been 3 times in the last 8 years. It’s changed dramatically in that time, but the temples are always incredible. You just have to pace yourself.
    That shot of Angkor Wat at the top is from the back, right? That’s the way we went in the last time, to avoid the crowds and it was wonderful.
    I’ll be returning next year (not for the temples, but to volunteer) and I can’t wait.
    Kristina recently posted..Tokyo’s Ameyoko Market and Yakitori with the Local CrewMy Profile

    • The temples are just amazing, and there is so much variance between them, they all look so different. So you just have to keep seeing one more. And yeah, that is from back of Angkor Wat, not much people around there in the morning, which is great!
      I can see why you would go back to Siem Reap, such a nice place.

  3. I was in Angkor about 2 weeks ago — loved, loved, LOVED the place. Great photos!
    Raymond @ Man On The Lam recently posted..5 Free Essential Android Travel AppsMy Profile

    • Thanks Man,
      It is an amazing place, so much to see. Only problem being too many photos afterwards :)

  4. Some great photos, Also like the Tuk-tuk we have similar here in the Philippines but are more of a sidecar than a side behind ride.
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    • Thanks,
      Yeah, I’ve seen some of those sidecar tuk-tuks in Laos a few times. I haven’t yet decided, but I think I might come Philippines later this year to check out the tuk-tuks there 😉

  5. I didn’t realised you could get templed out after a few days in Angkor. Thanks for sharing, so now I know I don’t had to spend 4 days there. Though funny enough I didn’t really got ‘templed’ out when in Petra.
    Amer @TendToTravel recently posted..Between Dreams and Practicality – My first year of blogging have been a huge Success and Flop at the same timeMy Profile

    • Maybe not everyone gets templed out. For me, it was just a few too many temples, but I am still glad I did go to them all.

  6. I loved Cambodia and the Angkor temples. They were truly amazing! I also took way too many photos of the area, I just kept clicking away not wanting to miss an amazing picture. Unfortunately when I was there I didn’t have the nice camera I have now, so despite taking literally hundreds and hundreds of photos I really didn’t get anything that good. I guess I’ll just have to go back again one day! Definitely would be worth it!
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    • The temples are amazing, and I am sure you got some nice photos … and well, it’s always a great excuse to go back 😉