Angkor Archaelogical Park, Day 1

Today we started our 2-day tour of the UNESCO World Heritage site known as Angkor Archaelogical Park and it was fantastic. Our private guide, Tea, picked us up about 8:20 (20 minutes late because I gave him the wrong hotel address 🙁 ) and we spent all day visiting the Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom sites.

As usual, I’m pressed for time (and energy) so I’ll just add a couple of the best photos and tell you that our guide is great, the scenery even better and we’ve also been really enjoying the Cambodian food. Dinner last night and lunch today were both really tasty. We returned to the hotel about 3:20pm for a rest and Tea will pick us up at 7:30pm tonight because we expressed interest in trying some local foods. We look forward to the adventure!

Tomorrow we start at 6am – earlier is better to avoid the crowds and the heat – and we’ll visit the “Tomb Raider” temple (not sure what that means, yet) – we’ll return to to the hotel about 10:30am for a mid-day rest, then head out mid-afternoon for more adventures.

Bayon Temple, Angkor Thom Complex

Bayon Temple, Angkor Thom Complex


Bayon Temple, Angkor Thom

Bayon Temple, Angkor Thom


The Terrace of the Elephants, Angkor Thom

The Terrace of the Elephants, Angkor Thom


Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat

Retired software engineer from New Jersey, USA, happily married to Grace for 30 years, proud father of Michael for 29 years, I am enjoying traveling and teaching English as a second language in my retirement.

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5 comments on “Angkor Archaelogical Park, Day 1
  1. Grace says:

    Wow! As Cathy said, this looks like the highlight of the trip.

  2. Cathy says:

    What a mind blowing experience! The temple carvings are hugely impressive and such incredible memories of an ancient time. Were you able to see the massive roots tangled over the outer structures? I’m with you in spirit, and enjoying vicariously every single moment ;-). Try to find some shade (I know that’s practically impossible!), and don’t pass out from the frightful heat! I’m thinking of you and drinking an extra iced tea! Much love! B4N

    • Hi Cathy, I’m sorry I seem to have overlooked approving this comment several days ago :-(. Thanks for your feedback – I knew this is a special place for you so I’m glad I captured a little of the magic. Actually, in some areas there is no shade but they’ve done a nice job of leaving big trees around many of the temple, making it very pleasant. The trees/jungle are a big part of the attraction for me!

  3. Anne deFuria says:

    Beautiful! I remember studying this in art history – your video & photos really show the details of the carvings and the whole atmosphere so well. I hope Michael feels better soon…

  4. Janet says:

    WOW!!