From Thailand to Temple Fatigue
I first need to open with an apology for being so quiet these past few weeks! My parents arrived to Cambodia on August 23rd and we had a busy itinerary for the duration of their trip. Upon my arrival back to the office I have been inundated with work… but no more excuses.
On August 26th we departed Phnom Penh to travel West towards the ancient temples of Siem Reap. On the way we stopped at Skoun, aka Spiderville…
Some people say that the phenomenon of seeing so many temples that you eventually become overwhelmed can be diagnosed as temple fatigue. Although I would never admit to feeling this as each temple is unique, the intricate carvings, beautiful stonework and hundreds of detailed stories can push your brain into overload.
From Skuon we continued on the road to a pre-Angkorian era temple in Sambor Prei Kuk. The Angkor Empire flourished from the 9th to 15th century, so these temples were built in the 7th and 8th centuries. The temples of this period were more basic in design and simple in decoration than those build during the Angkor period.
Next we stopped by a bridge, Spean Praptos, built in the same 7th century period.
After Spean Praptos we drove to Siem Reap, where the Angkor kingdom once flourished. The next few days were filled with touring temples and learning the details of ancient Khmer civilization.
Chau Sey Devada
That night we had a delicious Khmer dinner, after which my Dad was ecstatic to take a ride in this tuk-tuk!
For the evening we enjoyed a traditional shadow puppet show over dinner.
We watched the sun rise over the ancient Angkorian capital; stunning.
After visiting the numerous temples in Siem Reap we took a flight to Chiang Mai, Thailand…