August 6, 2019 was a tweaked schedule of our second temple tour.
Mr. Darit, our Siem Reap guide, suggested to spend just one day in Angkor Wat Archaeological Park instead of sticking to the original sked.
Aug 5 (B, L, D included)
This morning you will have free time to recover from the race.
In the afternoon you will be picked up for lunch. After lunch you will enjoy a tour Angkor Wat and the surrounding temples.
Visit the fabulous Ta Prohm Temple which is embraced by the roots of enormous fig trees, then move on to an extensive tour of the magnificent World Heritage site of Angkor Wat & Visit Rolous Group of Temples, namely Preah Ko, Bakong, and Lo Lei. Afterwards you’ll be driven to Prolung Khmer, a Pottery and weaving center. Then you will take a boat trip & enjoy the wonderful views of Tonle Sap – the largest Lake in Asia. Visit the local fishing communities and experience the floating village.
Overnight in Siem Reap.
Aug 6 (B, L, D included)
Visit the South Gate (with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk) and the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century) and visit Bayon Temple (unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara), Baphun temple, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King and Thommanon, a small, attractive temple in very good condition, built at the same time as Angkor Wat. The Angkor Wat style is most easily seen in the style of the towers and carved devatas. Chau Say Tevoda is a small temple of similar design and floor plan to that of Thommanon located across the street (except for additional gopuras and library), but for years appeared as Thommanon’s neglected sister, languishing in significantly worse.
Accepting Mr. Darit’s “justification” of this adjustment, Patty, Casey and I agreed; however, the three of us unanimously concluded that he was cutting corners. (An “aside”: I wouldn’t trade our August 5 venture for the world though.)
At this juncture, readers, I’d rather let you feel how to be held under a spell virtually by looking at these photos of the must-see temples in Angkor Wat.
Alone, I wandered animatedly until I reached the Temple of Ta Prohm, the backdrop of Angelina Jolie’s much talked about film.
And eureka! I was welcomed by no less than a “kindred.”😄 I had to take a close-up shot of this mau/cat since it was cropped in the photo which was taken by a male tourist, not one of my companions since I literally got separated from them without noticing it. I bet this was the final phase of hypnosis brought about by the magnificent temples in Angkor Wat complex, but not being templed-out (a popular phrase in Siem Reap which described having heavy tired legs and blasé attitude as the aftereffect of having seen many temples).
Now that I’m writing about this 16-month old fantastic tour, it dawned on me that my ootd wasn’t the appropriate choice had I attempted recreating Lara Croft’s thrilling scene. 🥴 Methought, what if I had changed to this gear? 😅😂🤣