Temples of Cambodia: Angkor Wat or Beng Mealea?


The Beng Mealea temple. Angkor Archaeological Park. Siem Reap Province of Cambodia.

Picturesque ruins of the Beng Mealea temple. Cambodia.

Adventurers and vagabonds from all over the world, hurry up to see! And not only to see, but to touch, to research, to get down to the most secluded (and blocked by huge ancient stones) corners of the world. Seems like the Temples of Cambodia are just the right places to feel like Indiana Jones for a couple more years.

Inside of the ruins of the Beng Mealea temple. Cambodia.

If you are a fan of this kind of rest, just open the door to this fairytale. Where is your old good hat? Prepare it for the dusty roads of Cambodia. Work out your own plan, put on the comfortable “Columbia” jacket, don’t forget your flashlight, and prepare the photo camera! Ancient temples of Cambodia, Angkor Wat, and Beng Mealea, are waiting for you.

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Cambodian Siem Reap—Temple Klondike

Siem Reap looks like a revived memory of the gold fever times. A small town in the Cambodian beaten track appeared and grew in the blink of an eye only because famous Angkor Wat was found nearby. Imagine not the cleanest, here and there threadbare, picturesque gold-diggers’ town near the gold mines with the center located in the pub quarter near the night market.

Siem Reap speaks all languages at once – it is a buzzing beehive. Perhaps this is just the way fallen-into-oblivion Babylon looked. Not less than two dozen of the temples of the Angkor complex – small and big, famous and not – compete for the role of the gold mines. These ancient architectural masterpieces are the reason why people come to Cambodia.

Bayon Temple. Angkor complex, Siem Reap, Cambodia.

The Bayon temple of the Angkor complex

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Surprise on Serendipity Beach, Cambodia

Cambodia is the poor country, but…

Once upon a time we’ve forgotten some little thing in one cafe on Serendipity Beach (it is the “beach of eating” in Sihanoukville, Cambodia). The thing not so expensive, but very necessary in this particular moment. Seven dollars – trifle, but for Cambodians it is a big sum.

Next evening we are going along the same beach seeking where to eat tonight. (We was not eating in our 5* hotel because we want the local exotic.)

The sunset on Serendipity Beach, Sihanoukville, Cambodia

The sunset on Serendipity Beach

Suddenly some scrub-haired boy about 10 years old pulled out us from the flow of tourists. He was served barracuda steaks for us yesterday.

Cambodian BBQ on Serendipity Beach, Sihanoukville

This is not simply BBQ – this is BBQ in a foil and with special sauce

“Hello. You have been here yesterday and forgotten something”. And went out somewhere. Then he brings our little thing. :-)

We are veeeeery surprised.

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