“Lord of the Three Worlds”

Prasat Kravan
Detail of Prasat Kravan

Prasat Kravan was our final temple of the day. It’s probably also the smallest temple we saw. The sandstone structure was completed in the early 10th century under King Harshavarman I. While Harshavarman was ruling at Angkor, his uncle set up a rival kingdom nearby. His uncle became Jayavarman IV, so I guess he won the contest.

Prasat Kravan
Carving at Prasat Kravan
Decorative pillar at Prasad Kravan
Prasat Kravan

This temple was interesting to me because the coloring was so different from the others – the stones were much more ruddy than the other temples we saw that day. There was also a fascinating sculpture of Hindu deities inside one of the five “rooms” in the temple. This temple had a huge group of kids selling postcards and whistles as well. One girl in particular was not taking “no” for an answer, so ST got her nephews whistles. I also bought 10 postcards for $1. There are signs along the temple route that say not to buy anything from the kids, but our tuk-tuk driver said it was OK here.

Prasat Kravan
Detail at Prasat Kravan
Young girl at the market at Prasat Kravan

After the last temple, our tuk-tuk driver took us back to our hotel so we could get cleaned up. He came back a couple hours later to take us to the airport – we’d booked a late-night flight back to Bangkok.

Tuk-tuk ride back through the forest
River near Angkor Wat

The Siem Reap airport is interesting – like most small airports, they don’t open check-in until a couple hours before each flight, so we had a little time to kill. There was also quite a bit of decorative art throughout the airport, and the place seemed brand-new. There was a little food court where we got some dinner before boarding our flight back to Thailand. Overall our visit to Cambodia was action-packed and fascinating. If you get the chance to go, definitely do it. It’s worth the effort.

Wall mural at Siem Reap airport
“Christmas tree” of fish cages at Siem Reap airport
Boarding the plane at Siem Reap airport

Title quote: Meaning of “Trailokyanatha,” the form of Vishnu, and “Tribehuvaneshvara,” the form of Shiva worshipped at Prasat Kravan

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