Siem Reap

Children of Angkor

I engaged Mr Phansy Ros as our tour guide to the Temples of Angkor and around Siem Reap area. I would recommend his service to anyone who is visiting Siem Reap with similar objectives like mine:

1) avoid text book reading type of tour. I don’t like to join tour but private tour guide can make your visit a better experience and better use of time.

2) tour against the traffic with less tourist ‘heads’ in my pictures

3) have the opportunity to extend helping hands to rural children with insufficient fund

Angkor Children (5)

Pause for a moment and stare into her eyes before reading on …



Tourists @ Angkor

“Mountain People Mountain Rocks” would be a new phrase to describe the flood of tourists overflowing at every tunnels and every roads in side the Angkor Archaeological Park. Luckily we decided to engage an experienced local guide to swim against the traffic. So we managed to cut down 95% of the tourists during our visit to Angkor (Siem Reap).

Tourists at Angkor (5)


Phsar Leu Thom Thmei Wet Market (Siem Reap)

The Psar Chas Old Market is for tourists and folks in town. Phsar Leu Thom Thmei market is for the locals who live in the outskirt.

Phsar Leu Market (10)


Children @ Siem Reap

We saw many street kids in Siem Reap. They were no different from the street children and child labours we met in India.

Siem Reap Children (8)


Banteay Srei – the breathtaking stone carvings

Banteay Srei was a very small temple ~25km from Angkor Thom. Yet, it ranked #2 on my top 5 temples.

Banteay Srei (4)


Gateways to Angkor Thom

Angkor Thom literally means the ‘big city’ or the ‘great capital’. There were more than 1 million residence living within the enclosure of 8m high and 3km long laterite city wall. We were interest to visit the 4+1 gates in and out Angkor Thom. 4 gates were directly located at the East, West, North and South direction. The additional gate was the Victory Gate on the east wall.

Angkor Thom Gate (6)


Ta Prohm

This temple was made famous by Angelina Jolie’s movie Tomb Raider. I remembered this temple from literatures and photos, not because of the temple, but impressed by the massive snake like roots that swallowed the ruins.

Ta Prohm