On the fourth day in Siem Reap we decided to visit the Angkor region one last time, our three day pass had finished so we purchased a single day pass.
We made one last round of Angkor Wat temple, Prae Roup Temple that we had somehow missed, and gave the sunset on Phnom Bakheng a proper go.
Angkor Wat Temple
We had a quick stop at Angkor Wat from the eastern entrance, it wasn’t as crowded and still presented some nice views of the protruding central towers.
Prae Roup Temple
Pre Rup temple is an eighteen meter high platform of three large towers. Once we reached the top we saw glimpses of Angkor Wat from afar.
Small temple with elephant statues around the outer terraces that made for good photos.
Having left Phnom Bakheng prematurely previously, we decided to give the sunset viewed from this hill once last go, it was a nice way to end our time in the Angkor region, though I still think the sunset is overrated.
As we where cycling back, we caught a few photos of Bayon at sunset. The reds and blues were a nice backdrop to the silhouetted faces.
Banteay Samre Temple
From Banteay Srey, we headed to Banteay Samre temple, a small, quiet temple with lots of doors and windows which allowed for good photo opportunities.
Preah Khan Temple
One of the temples we missed when cycling the short leg, Preah Khan has been left unrestored, overgrown by jungle similar to Ta Prohm.
Neak Poan Temple
Neak Pean is interesting in that the small temple is situated on an artificial island surrounded by water. Neak Pean was originally constructed for medical purposes, a form of a hospital, the water believed to have healing properties.
On the third day of exploring the Angkor region, we decided to rest from the cycling and hired an auto rickshaw to explore some of the further out temples. The first temple was Banteay Srei which was twenty-five kilometres from the main Angkor region. Banteay Srei is unique due to it red colour, a result of being contrasted from red sandstone. The red sandstone also allowed for intricate carvings, which can be seen throughout the temple.
One of the interesting things we stumbled on was meeting Ted Brattstrom who was taking a giga-pixel photo of the inner portion of Banteay Srey using an automatic robotic mount. You can view the GigaPan here.