Angkor Thum Off The Beaten Path

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    Under Angkor Thom

    by bpacker Written May 25, 2005

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    Lara, under Angkor Thom

    Sure, Angkor Thom looks exotic enough with all the gigantic trees grown wild, vines and gigantic roots. Wonder if there is underground cavern beneath it with a gigantic Brahma and stony Hanuman and tons of monkey warriors? Well, according to Tomb Raider ( 2001 ) , the cavern exists!

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    The Bayon Filming Site for Tomb Raider

    by bpacker Written May 24, 2005

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    Lara at the Bayon

    Remember this scene? You know , the one where Lara Croft drives her Land Rover like a expert Grand Prix driver over brushes and rivers? Well, if you look very carefully in the picture, you can see the facade of the Bayon in the background ! Well, I certainly don't remember a river of any sort near the Bayon so this must have been the wet season when the film was shot.

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    Advice for those travelling with Friends

    by bpacker Written May 11, 2005

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    Dancing Apsaras at the Bayon

    Pop Quiz: You're at a historic place with a new camera . You want to keep shooting at the bas relief till your thumb goes numb but your friends keep bugging you to take a picture of them. What should you do in such a situation?

    Read on to find out the answer.

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    Quiet corners

    by SirRichard Written Sep 19, 2003

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    Having a break :-)

    There are so many temples and they are so huge that you will never find them too crowded.
    Most of the time, you will find yourself alone in the temple, and that makes an ideal place to sit and read a bit, update your diary, or just rest, as they are cool inside and shady.

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    Yet another of the 5 Temples of the Preah Pithu

    by herzog63 Written Aug 9, 2003

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    Preah Pithu

    Sorry to bore you ....Just trying to get the area of Angkor Thom covered so that you will know what there is to see in the area. Some of these smaller ones can be explored if you have time. But if you're only spending a day or so in the area you will be happier to take in the bigger sites.

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    Preah Pithu Doorway

    by herzog63 Written Aug 9, 2003

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    Doorway

    The Doorways of this section were quite interesting as there were Buddhas carved over the doorway. We had fun just exploring the area and wandering through the doorways. If you want to spend anytime in the Preah Pithu Group you better pack some water! Even in the shaded areas it was still very hot. I brought 3 bottles with me and by the time we got to the 3rd one it was Hot Water!! If you're interested in learning some of the history of these smaller temples it is very easy to find a young local that is more than happy to "Guide" you for a couple of $$.

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    Elephant guards in the forest

    by herzog63 Written Aug 9, 2003

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    Preah Pithu

    On the back side of the Preah Pithu Group at the Temple furthest into the forest you will see two stone elephants. They appear to be part of a walkway that isn't there anymore. And to see the walkway today the forest would have to be cleared! So at one time the entrance must've been on that side.

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    Preah Pithu Group Temple X

    by herzog63 Written Aug 9, 2003

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    Preah Pithu ..Temple X

    Another of the cool Preah Pithu Group Temples. This one is Temple X. You can see that there is an old Buddha with it's head lopped off near original walkway leading up to the Temple. Listen to the high pitched sounds of the bugs in the area!! It was so loud when we were there!!

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    Another of the Preah Pithu Group

    by herzog63 Written Aug 9, 2003

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    Preah Pithu

    Here is another of the 5 Temples of the Preah Pithu Group. This one is hidden in the trees but of course easily found by walking the paths. There aren't any signs but you don't really need them unless you are very prone to getting lost. LOL

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    Preah Pithu Group

    by herzog63 Written Aug 9, 2003

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    Preah Pithu

    You may enjoy he 5 Temples of Preah Pithu as they are interesting 12 Century Buddhist and Hindu Temples and you probably won't have to deal with other people!! The only other person we saw while visiting was a little kid that was quite shy and was hiding from us. These Temples were unrestored as far as I could tell but I'm sure that in time the restorers will be rebuilding these too.

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    Intricate carvings of Preah Pithu

    by herzog63 Written Aug 9, 2003

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    Preah Pithu Group

    As with alot of the Temples and groups of Temples in the Angkor Area you can find some fine examples of the style of carving that was used in making the temple. As most of them were designed and built by different Kings and different religions so the styles do vary somewhat. In this photo here you can see the style used. The Preah Pithu group of 5 Temples is a mix of Hindu and Buddhism. They were built in the 12th Century.

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    Preah Pithu Temple U

    by herzog63 Written Aug 9, 2003

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    Preah Pithu Group

    This is a shot of Temple U of the Preah Pithu Group. This is a great area to wander as it is wooded like some of the Phimeanakas area. And only a short walk across the road from there. The Temples in the Preah Pithu Group are tagged T,U,V,X, and Y. To tell you the truth I don't know the symbolism of that but there are 5 bigger (although they aren't that big) Temples in the group and well worth spending a little time to check them out. And they are well shaded from the huge trees!!

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    Phimeanakas Old Gate Reverse Angle

    by herzog63 Written Aug 8, 2003

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    Phimeanakas Gate

    Here is a shot of the Phimeanakas Old Gate taken from the other side. It was a nice walk through the trees so the sun wasn't frying us!! We didn't see many other foreigners or other people except the kids selling postcards and film!!

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    Old Gate near Phimeanakas

    by herzog63 Updated Aug 8, 2003

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    Old Gate Wall

    If you follow the path after visiting Phimeanakas you will come along this gate. It sure gives you a feel of being in the area hundreds of years ago. Although the old wall and gate are in pretty rough shape now. The path isn't anything special so if you have a hard time walking you will have to pay attention as the trail is uneven in places.

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    Phimeanakas

    by herzog63 Written Aug 8, 2003

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    Phimeanakas

    The Phimianakas Temple is quite cool looking as it's 3 levels with the lion carvings that are on each level. The top spire was said to have been covered in Gold at one time but that appears to be long gone!! From Phimeanakas there is a nice trail through the forest that passes through an ancient gate just past the pool. If you keep along the trail you will come to Preah Palilay which is a small Temple with a tree growing from the top of it!!

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