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.
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.
Phnom Bakheng a Hindu temple is situated on a hill offering view of the entire Angkor complex. Angkor Wat can just be seen in the distance.
Extremely popular during sunset, we didn’t see what the fuss was all about.
From Ankor Wat we cycled to Ankor Tom, literally Great City, passing through the south gate and towards the central Bayon Temple.
Bayon Temple is famous for the large carved faces protruding from above the temple. The hundreds of faces are that of Lokesvara the bodhisattva, Walking around the temple was quite surreal as openings led to being presented by the images of a large stone face. At the lower levels were a maze of passageways which were easy to get lost in.