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Preah Khan, Angkor

Preah Khan was my favorite of the Angkor temples. Not because it was the most beautiful in a classic sense, but because it was beautiful in it’s ruin. Time and the jungle had taken Preah Khan and reduced the grand temple complex into mostly rubble, but many beautiful carvings and statues remained.

Preah Khan was originally a Buddhist temple that was converted into a Hindu temple when Hinduism had a resurgence during the Khmer reign. The states and carvings of Buddha were altered to resemble Hindu gods.

This was also the temple that felt the most “India Jones”-ish to me, where you could escape the crowds and feel like you were exploring somewhere new.

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Ta Prohm, Angkor

Ta Prohm is one of the more famous temples of Angkor after it’s role in the Laura Croft: Tomb Raider movie. You know, the temple with the massive tree overtaking the ruins?

We visited while the temple complex was under restoration and much of it closed off, including the most iconic shot, but it was still easy to spend some time there wandering among the collapsing ruins covered in trees.

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Temples of Bagan at Sunset

It’s hard to grasp the immensity of Bagan. Over the course of 230 years, over 4,000 temples were built in an area of about 10 sq km. Standing atop one of the many temples at sunset, you can see the tips peeking out above the trees, quite literally as far as the eye can see. It’s breathtaking and so difficult to capture in a single photograph.

But I still tried.

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Mount Kyaiktiyo (Golden Rock), Myanmar

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Bathing Elephants

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I am skipping ahead today because we had so much fun at the Elephant Nature Park on Sunday… here we are bathing one of the elephants!