Cambodia, Destinations, Landscape Architecture

Daily Travel Journal Flashback: Temples of Angkor

February 18, 2013

We find ourselves, beyond Siem Reap, Cambodian, in jungle ruins of the Temples of Angkor:

Daily Travel Journal: Day 292

Wipe the sleep out of our eyes. Head downstairs at 5am to find “Mr. 1!” tuk-tuk driver already waiting. Off to visit the Angkor Temple Complex. Full, hot, humid, beautiful day. So cool to see the structures and ruins after sitting through images from Ron Lovinger lectures at UO (intro to Landscape Architecture 101!) and Angelina Jolie action scenes (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider). Sunrise. Explore Angkor Wat. Come back out for a post-sunrise iPhone snap. Visit neighboring temples and grounds at Angkor Thom, Bayon and Preah Khan, Ta Prohm, and more. Return to Siem Reap for Blue Pumpkin refreshments, bus-to-Bangkok ticket purchases, and then to the hotel for air conditioning. Sights today matched by only a few moments on the trip. Machu Picchu (Day #12). Las Torres (Day #36). The Alhambra (Day #100). Table Mountain (Day #182)… What a gift to see the world in person.


In coming days, I’ll be sharing photos from the Temples of Angkor; in the meantime, I hope you enjoy this visual beauty as much as I did…

Have you heard of Angkor?

Have you been?

Are you curious?

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  • Reply Hogga February 18, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    I’d love to go!

    • Reply Bethany ~ twoOregonians February 20, 2013 at 10:07 am

      I hope you get to!

  • Reply TammyOnTheMove February 19, 2013 at 12:01 am

    It is my favourite place on earth, so I have been twice. :-)

    • Reply Bethany ~ twoOregonians February 20, 2013 at 10:10 am

      I can definitely understand why : ) After visiting the first time, I bet it would be a really different experience to return already familiar with the general layout and pace, and to then take your time exploring whatever strikes your fancy. Do you have a favorite spot in the complex?

    What say you?