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In search of Bayon faces – part II

Banteay Chhmar – Sister of Angkor Wat

Far away from the hustle and bustle of Siem Reap and Angkor, lies the small village of Muong Cau. Everyone calls it Banteay Chhmar but it is really the name of the temple lying nearby. There are no buses going to this village, the only way to get here is to catch a taxi from Sisaphon town lying 65 km away or… to hitchhike. In Muong Cau there are no hotels, nor restaurants. It’s quiet, peaceful place, time passes slowly and has time to smile. Continue reading In search of Bayon faces – part II

In search of Bayon faces – part I

Bayon

There is such a dream…

I don’t know how about you but me, I travel with my eyes. More often than not, it’s some picture or movie scene that decides where I go next time. When I get there, instead of reading the guidebook, I rather go to small stand with postcards. Guidebook has failed me many times, what is great for one person, to me may be unbearable due to crowds interrupting the place beauty. Other time, what guidebook barely spent time on describing, occurs to be the most amazing place on planet Earth to me. I know this for sure: pictures are my best compass.

I don’t remember when I saw the picture of the temple with towers wearing four faces but this picture landed deeply in my imagination. It sprouted, started to grow and till today, there is a quite big jungle in my head… Continue reading In search of Bayon faces – part I