Lord Nigel's Travels - Cambodia - Siem Reap TemplessteemCreated with Sketch.

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Welcome to a fresh @lordnigel's travels. 

It's been awhile but as you know getting the time to produce you a quality travel post is hard work and can be a real challenge with other commitments - but only the best for Steemit. 

Today I wanted to share some of my experiences visiting the temples in Cambodia.

...many people may know Cambodia as the home to the ultra cute and friendly Sun and moon bears! what fantastic creatures - they are like large friendly dogs, got to love them :) 

But I digress...today's post is about exploring the many ancient temples in the Siem Reap vicinity - This area is well known for its many ancient temples.

Getting around is pretty easy grab yourself a 'tuk tuk' and these guys race you around to where ever you want to go. We were lucky and our hotel room came with our own personal driver for the period of our visit. This was great and we got to know our driver regardless of the language barrier. If your hotel doesn't come with one, no issues these guys are everywhere and you can just hail them like a cab :)

There are 100's of temples all within range of your 'tuk, tuk' so planning which to visit each day in advance is really important.

Exploring the temples is really interesting and fun, many are undergoing repairs.

The first thing to do is get yourself blessed and welcomed so any of those wandering spirit types know for sure your no threat! 

So many temples, working out which to visit is a real challenge. I'm not going to spoil the fun by naming the best one's, you have to go visit them all to work it out for yourselves.

Many have interesting statues like this one. You can see the medusa type statues in the background as well.

I am far from an expert on religions and temples but some of these Hindu and Buddhist temples have tales depicted on the walls. 

Don't quote me on this but many tell the tale of Good vs. Evil; Often you will see dual rows of statues or like in the picture below images facing each other, often telling us the tale of Good vs. Evil on earth. A simplistic way to think of it is there is a battle going on Good vs. Evil, you will often see two armies facing each other; if you look it's like a massive game of tug of war to which no party wins, i.e. the Good guys are pulling a rope against the Bad guys. 

If you count there will always be 1 more Good guy then the bad. I interpret this two ways 

1) Evil is more powerful, but there are more Goodies - and thus balance is maintained or 

2) Good is slightly more powerful and will win in the end. 

Unfortunately the people whom made these pictures in the rock are long gone so we can't ask them, but there are many scholars, local guides or religious people who have their own view and its interesting to hear and contemplate.

To me there are 3 main types of temples to visit, purely from a 'tourists and non religious point of view'

The first are those which are a bit further from the tourist center, they may take hours to travel to and in many ways these more remote temples are more fun. 

They are smaller and easier to explore, but you find you might have the whole temple to yourself which is great for getting some special photos.

There are a variety of statues and ancient writing and images on rock everywhere you look. 

The next kind are large palace like popular temples, these are massive and might take hours to explore. Getting photos at these are most difficult as there is a tourist in nearly everyshot.

Here's a photo of me photo bombing a group of fun Asian tourists... Not one of them could speak English, but smiles told me they were thrilled by the unexpected photo hehe.

The last kind are the famous ones, they are large, under repair and being taken back by nature.

These large trees didn't exist when the temples were originally built. 

After many years and battles which have damaged the walls it is thought once abandoned, birds simply dropped seeds of trees and without locals to care the trees started growing from the top of the damaged walls - how cool!.

Nature simply begins to take back what humans have changed once humans have gone.

There are so many temples to visit! but no visit to Cambodia is complete without a visit to Angkor Wat.

Everyone wants that perfect picture, but lucking the conditions is crazy hard, it needs to be a calm day, it needs to be very early morning and you need to get the picture without the 1000's of other tourists also seeking to take that special shot.

Unfortunately my best shot was far from the postcard vision, but it was still fantastic to watch the sun rise.

That's it for Cambodia temple exploration; I hope you enjoyed it! I highly recommend a visit to Cambodia for those who can the food, culture and temples make it one of my favorite spots to visit.

Take care and happy travels

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I love how nature reclaims man's creations eventually. They are some pretty amazing creations too!

Many modern architectures now try to include nature elements, such as tree's and vertical gardens. I reckon the temples look very cool with the trees on the walls :)

Wow! The trees growing over the temple are unbelievable, wow... I didn't even know it was possible, just like you say nature eventually takes back its place when humans leave...
All pictures are amazing, I felt like a small part of me was there while looking at them.. always wanted to go, hopefully someday I will.
How amazing to be there and feel this ancient energy moving around you, it's like one can feel the people walking around in some other time... it's fascinating.. I remember feeling that while visiting ancient places...
Thank you very much for sharing your experience and the wonderful pictures, they're very very beautiful...

Thanks for the kind comments on the photos, my camera is a low level DSLR and does a decent job.

My post doesn't do the place justice, sooo many temples to explore. One thing I found of particular interest is the many door ways within the temples. Sometimes from a certain angle it almost looks like you could walk through to another dimension - too many sci-fi shows for me :)


Wow this is amazing, is like a historian/archeologist wonderland, there's so much to see in every wall and every tile there, what an expectacular adventure and the trees growing on top of the buildings were the final touch of mistisism those places needed, thanks fro sharing with all of us! Feeling blessed already lol!

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This looks like a fun trip :D. The temples remind me of either Tomb Raider movie or game, I wonder if they visit to the same places XD.
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Cheers - actually your right a famous scene in Tomb raider was filmed on site at one of the temples I visited; sadly I couldn't get a decent photo without a tourist in it :{

From the photos above this one catch my attention. Taking the photos for sunset and having a shadow in the water was so perfect. The details are very clear. The color of the sky is like you are in heaven.

Thanks muchly; conditions weren't perfect but yeah came out pretty good (certainly an assortment of colours in the sky).


I am always amazed by just how beautiful temples from all over the world can be. I love how nature can grow right around them and often times even overtake them, but still just add to their beauty. Thanks for sharing your travels and great adventures once again with us here.

No worries - Nature finds a way as they say :)

It really is a fun place to visit and explore, thanks for taking the time to check out my post

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Thanks for sharing some views in those ancient temples found in Cambodia, really bizar to see how nature claims it's position back on toop of the chain!

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ancient ruins and nature, that is my favorite trip! thanks for your great reportage now cambodia is another place we must visit one day, enjoy your time hope to read more of you soon

You'll love it! ...it is hot work though (the sun has a bit of kick in that part of the world) - an Indiana hat is a must :)

Cambodia is an amazing place and a lot of my friends told me that after their visits.
Your images are awesome!!
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It's a very fun place to visit and doesn't cost heaps - its on the list of top places for sure:)

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Very impressive place. Amazing photographs.
Places like these give me the heebie jeebies :)
They look so ancient, so sacred, nature itself is trying to hide them from sight. It's like they are saying "what are you doing here?"
Is it safe to move around? police? medical personnel?

We need a new Indiana Jones, since Adam Driver impaled the old one. Should put your hand up.
Did you see the stegosaurus?

Lol! yeah I've got a similar hat!

Yep I did see the Steggie, it took a bit of finding actually - gotta be seen to be believed :)

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I saw a documentary about these ruins and they said slaves made them. Every time I see photos - I want to know where you get such talented slaves and where they went after that.

I'm thinking the artworks were molded - not carved.

I was only in PP when I visited Cambodia, but I would love to get over there one day.

There is a reason the biggest buildings stand the test of time - normally built by many hands on behalf of the the rich and those in control - not much has changed.

Not sure on the molded vs. carved, my knowledge on these temples is low...if its anything like Egyptian though most are carved, using ancient stone mason skills now lost.

Historian here! I wanted to expend a little on that, it is common to think of ancient civilization with concepts we carry today, like that they were slave on forced labor to buid these kind of building but a really interesnting and useful exercise to understan that kind of phenomenom (because I too find hard too imagine how someone could make such beautiful buildings and structures by force) is too look at the event like your living it, these are religious buildings and multiple studies have shown that most of these structure were not build by just slaves but by people who adore the deities that the buildings are built for, that way is easier to understand the amount of work and detail put into this.

Yup - those rich people have us under their thumbs for sure. The whole idea of siem reap is a mystery for me :)

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