But first, One Night in Bangkok....
L'Appart Restaurant and Bar, Sofitel Hotel, Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok
Arrival at the Pavillion D'Orient Hotel, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Lucky us. The room included a free bottle of wine to enjoy on the terrace.
First exploratory stop was sunset at the 10th Century temple, Prasat Preah Rup
This stone lintel from Preah Rup depicts the Hindu God Indra on his three headed elephant, Erawan.
Siem Reap is full of interesting bars and restaurants. This is Miss Wong Cocktail Bar which has a Shangai 1930s theme.
Giant heads on the south gate of the Angkor Thom complex.
More big heads. The Bayon
Gallery at Prasat Ta Keo. 10th Century. The Khmers didn't use keystone arches. Instead they used Corbelled Arches in which the stones are all horizontal.
Pre-lunch beer and snack by the hotel pool.
One of thousands of bas relief carvings at the Leper King Terrace, near Bayon.
Hotel buffet breakfast. Always a treat.
Although Siem Reap has few old colonial buildings; there are a few well preserved gems.
Ta Prohm, 12th Century, has largely been left as rediscovered with the ficus trees still straddling the walls.
Banteay Kdei. 12th Century
Angkor Wat. 12th Century
Viroth's Restaurant, Siem Reap
Tuk Tuk traffic jam at Ankor Thom's South Gate.
This guy was a great driver. His name is Sopha Khiev. You can call him at (+855) 97 235 6780 or send him email at: email@example.com
Tuk Tuk Video
Bone jarring. Mind numbing. Boring. We toured in and around Siem Reap, including the ancient Khmer monuments and other sites, via tuk tuk. One day we went about 130 kilometers (80 miles) in one of these motorcycle taxis. Not many Khmer ruins in this video, but lots of dusty, bouncy road and other mildly amusing stuff.
Larger version on YouTube: Angkor Wat via Tuk Tuk - February 2013
Giant Stone Head at Angkor Thom's North Gate.
Warrior holding Naga at the entrance to Preah Khan, 12th Century.
Stupa at Preah Khan. Most of the temples around Siem Reap were built as Hindu or Brahman structures. Preah Khan was probably a Buddhist monastery. It still has plenty of Brahman icons.
Naga at Preah Khan
Most of the Buddha images are gone; destroyed or looted. This small bas relief at Preah Khan.
Delicate Apsara at Prasat Ta Som, 12th Century.
Lunch at a tourist spot on the way to Banteay Srei
The beautifully decorated Prasat Banteay Srei, 10th Century.
Gin and Tonic at the Elephant Bar, Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor, Siem Reap
Intrepid explorer at Bung Mealea, 11th Century.
Stone Lintel from Bung Mealea depicting the Hindu Legend, Churning the Sea of Milk
Inscribed stele from Lolei, 9th Century.
Last night out. Picasso Bar, Siem Reap. Nice Sangria.