Less than 10 km from the town of Siem Reap, Cambodia is Angkor Wat. You have seen these amazing temples in Indiana Jones and Tomb Raider. Naturally we pretended to be in both the entire day.
Is that Lara Croft in her signature french braid?! Nope, definitely not her-haha! (yes I whipped up a french braid just for this Tomb Raider temple and the photo)
To get into Angkor Wat is a small fortune. $20 per adult, kids are free thankfully. If you are Cambodian you get in free also.
Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument in the world. It was built over 900 years ago, first as a Hindu temple and later it was converted to Buddhist.
It cost $15 for a tuktuk to take you around the many temples (spread over 5km) for the entire day
2 little Indiana Joneses:)
the intricate carvings were mind blowing, considering they were done with hand tools several centuries ago
the boys thought this place was amazing and super fun, climbing and exploring
I thought the women were so beautiful in the carvings
10 bonus points if you Where’s Waldo? Conner
We went on Mother’s Day , so I wanted a photo with the boys for my present (I also got a massage-$8 here in Cambodia!-and we all went out to a fancy dinner)
my Mother’s Day photo last year with all my children, missed Trek extra on this first mother’s day with out him
workers stopping for a break for lunch
Chinese tour group
It was mindboggling to us that this was the ONLY rule sign we saw the entire day, and it was hidden randomly in one of the temples. As we were touching and climbing over 900 year old artifacts, I couldn’t help but think that some historian somewhere is having a conniption.
I thought these Cambodian girls were so pretty, so I asked if I could take a photo with them. When I got back to the tuktuk our driver told me that they were Cambodian movie stars-pretty sure I’m famous now.
I have been keeping my eye out for the perfect Cambodian souvenir and I found it at Angkor Wat. This handsome little boy was painting the temples, and I loved his style. He had many paintings to choose from, and we picked out the perfect one.
he was teaching another little boy how to paint, which I thought was so sweet, now they both can make a creative living
I felt so full getting to meet the little artist and buy one of his works. I paid $5 for a painting
the Tomb Raider temple-Ta Prohm
no temple is complete without monkeys
the famous Angkor Wat
Conner amazed me this day and I realized they are picking up so much as we travel that I don’t even realize. We were walking and he said, “ewww it smells like bat poop in here”. A few steps later, we saw these little bats. The next temple, he said, “ewww, it smells like elephant poop in here”. And of course around the next corner-elephants. If you too are interested in being able to identify different mammal poop smells, take a trip to Asia.
my 6 year old Conner
Jarrett at the top of the temple. Children under 12 years old are not allowed, neither are women with exposed knees and shoulders, so I could not go.
these Cambodian girls thought Conner was so handsome with his long hair and followed us around awhile:)
Angkor Wat totally ROCKS!