One of the best temples I have had been while in Angkor was the Ta Phrom and this is what I saw, a sitting Buddha where scented candles were offered and a lighted one too. As I walked briskly pass by the statue, I was amazed at how beautifully it was made and celebrated by both locals and tourists alike. I have the seeming affection for this and cultures where faith manifests in so many manners we practice it. This one I saw is inspiring and genuinely Khmer.
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On a holiday jaunt to the Kingdom of Cambodia, I have found myself the most humbling experience day in and out. I have seen how blessed the country is, with its natural wonders, its rich cultural heritage and one of the best inter-country buses, plying out to Thailand, Vietnam and Laos, it is, I should say my best destination for cheap all inclusive holidays. It is in the Angkor Wat that I saw my humanity with the deepest meaning. I found that Angkor has more temples which nourish my thirsts for culture, heritage and the great lifestyle of the Khmer people. I also saw the most perfect sunrise in Angkor Wat, one which I will forever be seeing through in my lifetime. Read more
A trip to the Angkor Wat complex demands that one too, must include in their visit the famous and graceful beauty of all Angkor, the Banteay Srei. Considered not to be a royal temple however, it places it own stature as the Jewel of Khmer Art in all of Cambodia for its fine details, carvings on red sandstones and devatas as well as dverapalas adorn its great edifices. This temple is a miniature scale compared to the gargantuan temples of all Angkor Wat complexes yet it captures the imagination of all visitors, tourist and backpackers.
It was a humid 30 minutes tuktuk ride from Angkor complex and in between the trips, I slept while holding on to the side railings of my tuktuk. I arrived at the Banteay Srei an hour past noon and the sun was too mightily shining on the complex. I walked pass the entrance and had the customary ticket punch and then unfolding before me as I walk to it closer and closer is the great Banteay Srei. Read more