Published: October 23rd 2007October 23rd 2007
Bayon complex south gate
This is the non-elephant's eye view.
Today was unique with a vist to the fantastic Bayon Temple via elephant! Bayon is different from most other temples in that it has huge faces on every tower facing north, south east, & west. The faces are serene, not the usual depictions of fierce warrier faces in the carvings on the walls below. We entered the complex through the south gate to the swaying silent gait of our elephants. Once though the gate we were the object of much interest to the other tourists already inside. (Cameron and I now have a nice spot in the vacation video of a couple from Utrecht, Holland....)
About halfway to the temple (it was about a 2km trip), we heard a gibbon calling off in the forest canopy. It really gave an insight to what travelling to the temples must have been like for the elite when the were active in the 1100's. Except that we weren't worried about being attacked by a tiger....
We toured other sites in the area and ended at the Wall of the Elephants.
Because of my heat issue the day before we did this first thing in the morning and finished by noon. We
Elephant parking only
That's what the big sign to the left says, really! Ok, so maybe not, but you do have to park them somewhere.
went back into Siem Reap and met the Enslens, a LDS Missionary couple from Alabama at the Blue Pumpkin, a very european looking restaraunt that is popular with the visitors as it is air conditioned and serves guests chilled, wet, cloths to wipe their hands and faces before they order. Heavenly.....
After lunch we toured the Artisans d'Angkor center where they help local residents learn skills in traditional Khmer craft work.
There are more photos below