My world travel journal with an Apsara Crush (lots of fresh passion fruit!) and skewers of mango, dragon fruit, pinapple and guava….
We stayed at Amansara, in the heart of Siem Riep, so beautiful! Picked up from airport in antique car of Cambodian King and delivered to an oasis in the middle of the town.
The entry way is lined with black wicker-basket bikes (and little glowing Buddhist shrines!), ready for a ride along the tropical canals, lined with Buddhist shrines and temples, orange robed monks, children selling bamboo carved flutes, and piles of exotic fruits.
Terrace outside with bamboo and a private view of the stars!
Poolside Cocktail Recipe:
Ride down to the night market wear you can get a 30 min foot massage for $4 (yes $4!) and get a cold cocktail under the strung lights and stars.
Black and White: Night Market lights and stalls. Bayon architectural skyline with the cloud cover mirroring its pebbly texture hidden in the silhouette.
Jewel toned silks being woven on looms in Siem Reap – gorgeous!
There are lots of great silk products to buy here, scarves, jewelry cases, etc.
The Bayon (Khmer: ប្រាសាទបាយ័ន, Prasat Bayon) is a well-known and richly decorated Khmer temple at Angkor in Cambodia. Built in the late 12th or early 13th century as the official state temple of the Mahayana Buddhist King Jayavarman VII, the Bayon stands at the centre of Jayavarman’s capital, Angkor Thom. Following Jayavarman’s death, it was modified and augmented by later Hindu and Theravada Buddhist kings in accordance with their own religious preferences.
The Bayon’s most distinctive feature is the multitude of serene and smiling stone faces on the many towers which jut out from the upper terrace and cluster around its central peak. The temple is known also for two impressive sets of bas-reliefs, which present an unusual combination of mythological, historical, and mundane scenes. The current main conservatory body, the Japanese Government Team for the Safeguarding of Angkor has described the temple as “the most striking expression of the baroque style” of Khmer architecture, as contrasted with the classical style of Angkor Wat.
After an Indiana Jones-esque morning, a delicious Cambodian breakfast hit the spot!
Loved the statues guarding the dramatic entrance to Bayon.
Breataking view with the peaceful carved stone face in the foreground and a canoe with bright pink lotuses in the water in the background. So serene.
A view of Bayon from the outside – below is a detail of the wall carvings inside Bayon.
Delicious green curry break in between temples!