Cambodia has been on my travel radar for as long as I can remember. In fact, I recently discovered in my high school yearbook that I’d written Cambodia as one of the places I would visit in the years following graduation. Seven short years later, I made it to Siem Reap and ticked Cambodia off my bucket list. (Although, I wouldn’t mind travelling back to see more!)
Siem Reap, known for its ancient religious landscape and – of course – the filming location of Tomb Raider, lived up to every expectation I’d had in anticipation of travelling to Cambodia. From the temple of Ta Prohm, where the Cambodian jungle has snaked its roots around crumbling stone walls and through fractured pathways, or the natural sky shows behind Angkor Wat, one of the largest religious structures on the planet, to the floating villages on Tonle Sap Lake, Siem Reap is by far one of the most fascinating places I’ve visited in my travels thus far. Here’s a few of my favourite photos from my trip:
The smiling faces of Angkor Thom Temple
A golden sunset over Tonle Sap Lake
The Cambodian jungle snaking its roots around crumbling stone walls and through fractured pathways.
Floating lotus flowers at the Angkor Palace Resort and Spa
A tall web of roots have spun their way from the temple floor
Prayer stone piles stacked at Angkor Thom
The sun setting behind the entrance gate to Bayon
One of Angkor’s most intriguing mysteries: Did the Khmer’s discover the stegosaurus or is the carving a hoax?
Ancient structures being weighed down by strangling tree roots have been reinforced with steel beams
The remnants of columns and carvings of Angkor Wat
Reflections at Angkor Wat – the largest religious structure on the planet
Touching noses with a smiling face at Angkor Thom
Near a floating village on Tonle Sap Lake, this little boy navigates the murky waters in a large metal bowl
Carved temple walls of Ta Prohm
Ancient tree roots escaping the grounds of Ta Prohm
Home time for these children attending one of the floating schools on the Tonle Sap Lake
Ancient stone carvings on the walls at Ta Prohm
The magical trees of Ta Prohm Temple
Giant tree roots have grown over an ancient building at Ta Prohm
Siem Reap street views from the backseat of a tuk-tuk
Brings back some amazing memories for me. Cambodia was my first long haul trip and my first solo and only solo trip. I loved Angkor Wat, your photos are definitely inspiring!
Thanks Bryony! I’m glad it brought back some happy memories for you! What an awesome experience, I’d love to head back there for a solo trip 🙂
The pictures brought me straight back to my trip there two years ago. Magical place
It certainly is a magical place! 🙂
I am in Cambodia right now, your pictures are great and say the story
Hope you’re having an amazing time, Monica! Thank you for your nice comments.