Fell asleep last night before I could post this about the other Angkor temples. Shoot. They were pretty amazing though, so here you go:
We hit a lot of temples and ruins those two-and-a-half days we were in Siem Reap (the first temples we visited are back here and here), and boy were we ever grateful for this little band of kids to keep each other interested and excited about it all.
They climbed up steep stair after steep stair to inspect and explore.
So many nooks and crannies to soak in.
These two climbed to the very top of that temple behind them:
Made me so grateful for these little fans that our friends brought (lifesavers):
And this awesome cold pineapple little ladies were selling all over:
I thought this was a funny sign in the bathroom above the toilet:
This is the temple I was most excited about visiting, right in the middle of the Cambodian jungle.
There's something about the stone and trees intermingling that is so beautiful to me.
This is what "Lonely Planet" has to say about Ta Prohm:
If Angkor Wat, the Bayon and other temples are testimony to the genius of the ancient Khmers, Ta Prohm reminds us equally of the awesome fecundity and power of the jungle. There is a poetic cycle to this venerable ruin, with humanity first conquering nature to rapidly create, and nature once again conquering humanity to slowly destroy.Built from 1186 and originally known as Rajavihara (Monastery of the King), Ta Prohm was a Buddhist temple dedicated to the mother of Jayavarman VII. It is one of the few temples in the Angkor region where an inscription provides information about the temple's dependents and inhabitants.
Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/cambodia/temples-of-angkor/sights/religious/ta-prohm#ixzz3I9r4yGBu
Isn't that beautiful? I think, sadly, that they have cut out a few of the trees to try to keep the temple from being crushed by the roots. It wasn't quite the same as I pictured it from pictures I'd seen. I totally understand that they need to try to keep the integrity of the buildings themselves, but it made me sad because boy those trees are so gorgeous.
They've done a lot to conserve the biggest trees like this big metal structure to hold up the "petrified python" we across one of the openings:
The kids loved that you could climb all over the place. Probably not the safest idea but they thought they were in Heaven.
Our whole group:
Love those wonderful people!
We took a road trip to some of the further removed temples.
It is really small and built with a more red stone which is incredibly intricately carved.
There were these cute little boys all over with "toys" they had made. So creative to think of making cars with water bottles and bottle caps.
Check out the detail of those snakes:
This was one that they totally let trees take over.
There are collapsed galleries and towers all over.
Check out that powerful nature:
I cannot remember the name of this last temple! I didn't take good enough notes. But I loved it.
Cute girl babysitting her little brother:
But my favorite part was this cute little smiley man (maybe one of the priests?) who gave me one of his special bracelets (for a small fee).
I still wear that little orange string bracelet and smile every time I think of him.
We had time to fit in one more morning sunrise and a date with Grace and Claire, one more swim
This one had serious mist coming out all over the ceiling...it was like we were in the Thriller movie with all that mist.
And we were happy as could be, tired and exhausted from one grand adventure but totally ready for another.