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Cambodian tourism got a major push after Tomb Raider movie was shot at Ta Prohm. I’m sure many of you will be familiar with these pictures.

Apart from Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm and Bayon are the most visited temples in Siem Reap. I was very impressed with Ta Prohm, the sight is really unique.

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Click here for more pics of Ta Prohm and other magnificent temples of Cambodia.

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I don’t think B&W pics require any explanation but I was able to capture some of the most desired shots/moments in B&W.

Here is the reminiscence of my most favorites that require few words:

Though I took quite a while taking few shots but the expression remained same

Though I took quite a while taking few shots but the expression remained same

There were few musicians playing but this gentleman was totally immersed in the joy of Music

There were few musicians playing but this gentleman was totally immersed in the joy of Music

Favorite pic of mine

Favorite pic of mine

Love the Expression of Amazement that lasted less than a second

Love the Expression of Amazement that lasted less than a second

A young father with his little one in mid day heat

A young father with his little one in mid day heat

After a while, the little one convinces his father to carry him on his back

After a while, the little one convinces his father to carry him on his back

 

Click here for more B&W pics of Angkor Wat.

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Ever since I saw the first pic of Angkor Wat, I imagined visiting this Wonder of the world some day. A westerner might feel like Indiana Jones here but being from India where you have such wonders at every corner, I was disappointed as far as the temples of Cambodia are concerned.

It is a lost civilization, the country has thousands of other temples that are neglected. Only Angkor Wat and few others drew world’s attention in recent times.

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Though Cambodia is a Buddhist country, Angkor Wat and other temples originally are of Lord Vishnu or Lord Shiva that were built during Vedic period. These temples are just ruins now, no elaborate worship or meditations are going on in the premises. You just notice a deity or two of Lord Buddha, mostly for tourists to offer prayers and to facilitate an experience of a different culture/religion.

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I still love Cambodia, the fact that majority of the country is still raw. I love its people and the beautiful countryside.

Click here for more pics/virtual tour of Angkor Wat.

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I did lot of research before deciding on this landmark. I had a good feeling about it and I wanted to experience it alone. There are some things in life that are best when experienced alone.

Why?

We run into limitations when out with the family but going solo allows us to be adventurous and be in meditative and reflective mood. Plus, architecture and history is not something that a two year old would appreciate.

Thanks to Brinda, I got the permission to venture out alone. 🙂

The place is about 1-2 hours from Bangkok and is not on tourist map. It is best to get there early in the morning so that you have the whole day to yourself.

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