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Banteay Samre, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Banteay Samre is one of the more outlying temples, so it was much less crowded than the ones in the central loop

These kids seem to live/hang out here, and at first were game for photos but soon were trying to corner me into giving them money. So much for that.

I guess compared to other temples, there doesn’t seem to be anything different or unusual about this, but actually, you get to appreciate it more because it’s so deserted. I got to explore and walk and climb about freely, and it was not as vast an area as the other bigger temples so this really felt like a life-sized temple playground. The temple “heads” are built so close to each other that you can climb from head to head just by hopping over or carefully stepping over the gap between them

In one of the central heads, there was a small makeshift prayer room of sorts, with a candle and mat. It was a serene moment.

That’s Tara trying to mimic a kowtow

Still worth a visit, if you seek a more personal and quiet time around the temples, as opposed to the sneaker-clad crowds bustling around everywhere. Even though temples can start to look alike, you can still find details and corners to love and appreciate. I guess that’s why in a lot of ways I prefer these outlying, more obscure sort of temples.

Photos: Fuji underwater camera

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