It is hard to convey the impressions from visiting such grand places like Cambodian temple complex, and every self-respecting traveler should visit the country and to give at least a couple of days for a visit to the World Heritage.
Apart here is the temple of Ta Prohm (Ta Prohm), where huge trees , reminiscent of ancient redwoods and oaks merge with walls and towers, and gigantic hug the rocks back.
Says Dmitry Durkin
Cambodia — a very simple and understandable for independent travel the country on time combined with any Asian neighbor of the region, visa on arrival, the budget for all tastes. This open-air museum.
On the plan of Angkor complex can be seen a few dozen churches, each of which has individual features and in their own way cute.
Not versed in matters of historical tourist can get a bit uncomfortable with the endlessly changing Temple (English term over-templed), but, in my opinion, so the most ideal option — to hire air-conditioned cars with driver-guide (20-30 dollars in day) and leisurely drive around the neighborhood, visiting all the temples. Popular cycling options, but it is in winter, when it is not hot and no rain.
Clickable map (1960 × 1270 px):
In addition to the main Angkor Wat and Bayon it is highly recommended to visit the very impressive Ta Prohm Temple (Ta Prohm) , standing alone and popularized in a Hollywood movie (Tomb Rider). The main feature — the presence of vegetation on the territory as if the church was not fully conquered in the jungle. Here and there, massive trees grow, merging with walls and towers, hugging huge stones branches and roots:
For hundreds of years the temple has lost much of its original features and looks, even after upgrading podrazrushennym. Unlike many temples with pyramidal formation of Ta Prohm lies in the same plane and like a maze, can only rise to a low turret, and so have to walk along the paths and turn my head:
These remarkable trees, towering over the walls and impressively Entangling their roots, called Tetrameles golotsvetkovy (Tetrameles nudiflora). Huge trees with a massive base, reminiscent of ancient redwoods and oaks:
Roots and wall of temple merged to form a single unit. Wood is literally ingrained into the masonry and if you try to cut it, too, had a stone structure would break down and fall apart into blocks. Nature prevails over man, and without the constant support of the temple will increasingly lose its original appearance:
Walls and towers of churches are constantly podshamanivayut, strengthen, lead a decent view. It is necessary to maintain in good condition attractions, attracting over 2 million visitors a year.:
Patios are particularly attractive. When there are no tourists, there is complete unity with nature. You can porassmatrivat reliefs pozaglyadyvat in niches, listen to the noise of the trees, sitting in the shade under the massive trunk:
All the walls of the temples as one big book itemized information in a graphical representation, guides tell a lot of subtleties and peculiarities of these bas-reliefs. Almost everywhere it plays on the images forever young and buxom apsaras on the Asian girls. Who wants to look at materialized apsaras local flood, then we can go to the dance show in one of the local hotels:
In addition to the dominant gray days you can watch the play of colors, which do not immediately understand, whether it is the remains of the scenery from the earliest times, or embellish modern sculptors. Brightness in the palette add local colony of moss green and reddish shades in the places where the sandstone blocks were used:
Besides Tetramelesa, ancient wall temple cover numerous rubber plants (Ficus benghalensis, or Ficus gibbosa), wherein the main adult tree stem moves tens aerial roots that rush down criss everything in its path, and reaching the ground, root, feeding the plant, and giving it strength grow more upwards and outwards.
Ficus with a severe form of vegetative propagation is called Banyan. The most picturesque landscapes can be observed when Bunyan statue or wraps around the arch, hiding part of the bas-relief:
A small wooden bridge through a padded wall and passing under the base of the tree allows you to see how trunks Tetramelesa year after year make their way to the ground, pushing blocks and intricately meandering along the joints of the stones:
The central part of the temple. Heaps blocks here and they say that when the church was in better shape. However, all this is reminiscent of a creative chaos, as if it should be abandoned Khmer temple:
Many blocks are numbered, a friend of mine told me that in the middle of the twentieth century was carried out extensive work on the restoration and preservation of the temples. Scientists from many countries, mostly from France and Japan, dismantled temples in blocks, numbered them, did the scheme and then collected again as Lego for instructions. Sounds weird, because they could not make out the tower which is ingrained in the wood, but, nevertheless, the rooms present:
Thick roots entwine the wall like the tentacles of an octopus. For these types of tourists tend to visit Ta Prohm, although in comparison with Angkor Watt people significantly less early in the morning or after dinner you can wander quite alone:
A popular place for photos. On a particularly impressive areas with a small wooden pristupochki, went up on that you can make a photo on a background of the plot:
The original treatment with a focus on wood, an unusual option. For lovers of photography on the temples expanse, so unusual and expressive objects. It is said that some of the walls of the temple there is a statue whose roots could be seen only through the face. Looks symbolic, but could not be found at this time.
A few more photos: