Our purpose for stopping in Siem Reap was to visit the ruins of Angkor Wat. We booked a 2 day tour with Kim of Hidden Angkor. Kim grew up with Angkor as her playground. So she really knows the best of the best as far as what to see and what time of day. She loves photography as well and was always pointing the way to the best shot. Our itinerary included Angkor Wat, Ta Promh, Banteay Srei, Angkor Thom, Prah Khan and the floating villages of Tonle Sap Lake.
The building of the city of Angkor began in 802. The largest religious monument ever built is Angkor Wat. It was built in the 12th century and was dedicated to the Hindu God Vishnu, the preserver. In 1431 Angkor was invaded from Siam. Buddhist monks came with the Siamese and placed a figure of a Buddha. It was eventually abandoned. Vines and trees took over the city. In the 1970's, the Khmer Rouge overtook Angkor and looted it's temples and stole the Buddha heads, as you can see above, to raise money for war.
Lights, camera, action. They were filming a TV commercial for some jewelry line from China while we were there. Ta Promh is probably the most visited of the temples in Angkor and to me the most beautiful with the massive tree roots and jungle atmosphere.