Angkor Wot and floating village

Today, with cameras at the ready, we toured Angkor Tom and then Ta Prohm. These are temples in the town of Angkor Wot.The first temple is being restored and it was absolutely amazing. The face of buddha was on all four sides of the towers and made for spectacular photography. It is hard to imagine how they took the crumbled stones and rebuilt it to what it is today. The temple has been both Hindu and Buddhist in its time.

 

Visiting Ta Prohm, the site of the movie Raiders of the Lost ark, still has tree roots growing through the temple to give a small sample of what all the temples were like when found. This temple again is a work in progress to rebuild.

Lunch was at a local restaurant before returning to the hotel for a break before heading out to view the sunset at the floating village.

 

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The afternoon ended on a high as we caught a boat to visit the bamboo floating village. This village moves depending on the season of the year. The school with its 5 classrooms, store and various homes provided amazing photos. To end the day, the sunset was beautiful.

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