We were on our home stretch. After starting the day at Angkor Wat, followed by visits to Bayon, Ta Keo and Ta Prohm temples, we were now at the final stop on our tour of Angkor Archeological Park.
Banteay Kdei was built in the mid-12th to early 13th century AD during the reign of Jayavarman VII. Lore says Jayavarman VII was accused of wasting money on extravagant temple building projects while ignoring society and other duties… but that shouldn’t be a shocker by now. It’s not like you walk past remains of universities or villages in Angkor park.
One perk Banteay Kdei offers is that it isn’t very crowded. It maybe because people often come here towards the end of their day tour and choose not to spend much time here because they’re tired (or skip it entirely). So if you want to take some photos where you wish to pose without other tourists making an appearance in the shot, Banteay Kdei would be a good spot to do it.
Me and my girlfriend started our day at 7am and after walking visiting, climbing, and walking through five temples with my camera equipment, by the time we reached Banteay Kdei… I honestly just looked at it like: “oh, another ruined structure made of stone blocks”. Yesterday I really wanted to do the whole catching the sunrise at Angkor Wat experience. Now, I just wanted to get back to our hotel, shower and rest! We were sooooo tired.
We got back to our resort (Lavender Angkor Boutique Hotel), showered and then hit the swimming pool to cool off. It was a fun and relaxing way to end what was otherwise a very tiring day.
Date: 14 May 2018
The following morning, we just slept in and relaxed. We did not step out until the afternoon.
By the way, inside the supermarket I saw international brands like Johnny Walker, Jack Daniel’s and other famous liquor brands being sold at prices I could not believe. They were shockingly low. I wondered if these liquors were even original. Turns out they most likely were. Fake liquor manufacturing and distribution is a realthing in Cambodia. So be careful! For all you know it’s cheap whiskey mixed with cola but who knows what they put in the bottles to mimic the appearance of whiskey.
Me and my girlfriend relaxed for much of today because… a) we needed it, and b) this was our last night in Siem Reap before catching the bus to Bangkok tomorrow. And that will be my final post in this Cambodia series.
After Angkor Wat, Bayon and Ta Keo temples, we were now at our fourth stop on our trike tour around the Angkor archeological park.
Ta Prohm (or “Old Brahma”) was initially called Rajavihara. Whatever it was called then or now, Ta Prohm is more famous for being the temple in Angkor archeological park which has many trees whose roots have extended themselves around and through the gaps of the structures.
After Angkor Wat and Bayon, we were headed to the third stop on our tour around the Angkor archeological park.
Ta Keo is one of the tallest monuments of the Angkor empire. Built to resemble a mountain, it was commissioned by Jayavarman V in early 11th century but the work was never finished. No one really knows why construction stopped.