With a three day pass to the Angkor Complex you have 10 days to use it or lose it. We went on the 25th, 28th and the 30th of September. To avoid being over ‘Wat’ I recommend taking breaks in-between visits. A ‘wat’ is a temple so for us Western / Christian types just think Churches.
Our Tuk-tuk driver, Mr Davudthny Vun <firstname.lastname@example.org> helped shape our final route which includes a visit to the Cambodian Landmine Museum, and a visit to Banteay Srey which is approximately 37km from Siam Reap. The return trip includes a stop at Banteay Saimre. We had the option to carry on to see the Rolous Group to the South East of Siam Reap but declined…Too many temples makes Rob a dull boy.
The Landmine Museum provides a stark reminder of the horrors that Cambodia faced from the Vietnam War and also the brutal regime of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge.
The Cambodian Landmine Museum
Built in the 10th Century the temple, dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva, is 25 km north-east of the main group of temples that once belonged to the medieval capitals of Yasodharapura and Angkor Thom. Made largely of red sandstone, many of the elaborate decorative wall carvings are still observable today.
Eerily quiet we are one of a handful of people visiting this exquisite temple. The temple is in good condition along the outer walls. Under renovation, the interior rooms are blocked off. The structure, built in the early twelfth century, is a Hindu temple similar in style to Angkor Wat.
This ends our trip to the Angkor Archaeological Park. It was an amazing opportunity to see truly ancient and incredible buildings. I highly recommend visiting this site. I did take an additional trip to the Angkor National Museum and would recommend that you visit it after your first visit into the complex. It will help explain many of the architectural items that you will see.