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On final day of temple visits returning from Banteay Srey, we stopped at Banteay Samre. Most people, including myself, would feel after few days of visiting the temples that they all look alike and there is no further incentive to see more, especially when you feel like dragging your body and camera along like a zombie. But I was lucky I did not succumb to such temptation of laziness especially I had carried 7kg load in my bag throughout. It was hot, humid and thirsty. As usual i always climbed up/down, around and about all the temples, when I spotted this lovely couple with Nikon D200, colorful shirts and hat. I wish they are TE members :) Romancing the Stone, no? Definitely the stone was my target when they walked pass my viewfinder frame. Tell me, what do you think I should do, wait for them to go by and continue my romancing the stone, or let them do it for me? HINT:watch the body language of these 2.

A visit to Banteay Samre can be combined with an excursion to Banteay Srei, which it should precede if possible. The whole trip takes perhaps half a day and is best made in the morning. If you need a good driver, I have given the contact of Sophea in my travelogue story. He is highly recommended by trekks. About 20km northeast of Angkor Wat, just off the road to Banteay Srei, this temple was built by Suryavarman II in the middle of the 12th century and has well preserved bas-reliefs of the Vishnu legends. There is a wonderful relief of Vishnu as the lotus-navelled creator of the world. One of the few fortified temples surrounded by a moat and far from the normal temple crowds.
Large, comparatively flat temple displaying distinctively Angkor Wat-style architecture and artistry. The temple underwent extensive restoration this century by archaeologists using the anastylosis method. Banteay Samre was constructed around the same time as Angkor Wat. The style of the towers and balustrades bear strong resemblance to the towers of Angkor Wat and even more so to Khmer temple of Phimai in Thailand. Many of the carvings are in excellent condition.
If you have read up to here, let me tell the secret. The guy's finger was pointing to me. They must have shot local portraits, so I tried it on them but the woman saw me and quickly turned to the wall. The guy saw me later and raised a finger. I am used to people shooting me, so I find this woman's reflex very interesting to post this.
2009:03:07 11:05:10, 1/320s F/6.3, ISO200, FL200mm

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