Travel Diary: Cambodia

23rd October, 2013

After making our way through China and Vietnam, we landed in Siem Reap, Cambodia, the gateway to Angkor and the mystical Khmer ruins. Cambodia2We ensconced ourselves at La Résidence d’Angkor, an intimate hotel that felt like an immensely glamorous tropical campout, as it might have been circa 1910. White mosquito nets swept over our bed and enormous palm fronds enveloped us from every direction, as if we were sleeping in a Swiss Family Robinson-style treehouse. Cambodia3Lush vegetation exploded out of every crevice, and a friendly pack of geckos guarded our balcony by night. Cambodia4 Cambodia5|BELOW| Apsara dancers, encountered one evening over dinner Cambodia6 Cambodia7Aside from strolls to the local market, we spent our days exploring the ancient temples decaying quietly across the surrounding countryside, majestic totems of the ancients’ religious veneration. Incredibly, most were built between the 9th and 13th centuries, and their crumbling but largely still-standing, moss-covered remains offer a glimpse into the sacred skeleton of what was once the social and religious center of the Khmer Empire. Cambodia8 Cambodia9 Cambodia10The humidity of the day disappears as you walk through the darkened halls of the temples, that steaming heat replaced with cool quietude, a mood that inspires as heavy a sense of reverence today as it must have a millenia ago. Cambodia11 Cambodia12 Cambodia13 Cambodia14 Cambodia15 Cambodia16The intricate carvings on the stone combined with the incredible patina lent by centuries of moss and rot collide to create the most painterly palette imaginable. Cambodia17 Cambodia18|ABOVE| nature runs amok at Ta Prohm temple |BELOW| the mysterious faces of the Bayon Temple Cambodia19Like a sort of Southeast Asian Versailles, many of these structures were built upon impressive acreage, surrounded by heavenly meadows and enormous moats. As the afternoon sun beats down, it’s impossible to resist the tantalizing retreat of a boat ride through the quiet countryside. Cambodia20 Cambodia21 Cambodia22 Cambodia23We wore the clothes and shoes we’d had made in Hoi An, our own interpretations of the Vietnamese locals’ ubiquitous style of pajama dressing. As in that dear little town, fragrant offerings burned wherever we turned. Cambodia24Up to that point, we’d visited cities large and small, but nothing could compare to the profound sight of late afternoon light trickling through the overgrown stone walls of an incense-filled Cambodian temple, still nobly, calmly standing its ground as the world around it hurls furiously forward. Cambodia25|PHOTOGRAPHY| by Zachary Lynd and Kelly Framel|CLICK HERE| for more adventures!

  • El Rincón de Mis Alhajas

    Beautiful pics!

  • Spotlights on the Redhead

    Amazing photos!Sounds like you had a wonderfull time also!

  • Renata

    Amazing photos. These temples are gorgeous, there’s so much history and power behind them.

  • Jess Shanahan

    It actually hurts how beautiful all that is. Great photography, amazing outfits and out of this world scenery.

  • Grace Beekman

    Amazing pictures! What a beautiful place to capture!

  • Phuong

    Great words to match fantastic imagery 🙂

  • thankfifi

    such beautiful images


  • Beauty Follower
  • Project Style

    You are an amazing inspiration! Thanks for sharing your experiences!

  • Fashion Snag
  • Rachel

    The two of you are so beautiful! Totally inspiring outfits all together. Love!


  • Liz
  • Rougeuse

    This trip is a drem of mine! Great pics! x

  • Julie Dvořáková

    wow, amazing pictures! i would love to see cambodia, the landscape is so beautiful there!

  • Trendy Mondays
  • Afton Baily

    Oh my, this post is so amazing. I felt like I was there with you in that old temple. Now I want to go even more! Love your interpretation of the local fashions – you both looks so chic.


  • jelena
  • Leslie
  • Mafalda

    These pictures are breathtakingly beautiful!

    Mafalda ❤

  • d

    Beautiful photos. I spent a mouth in Cambodia with my family in Siem Reap, I can’t wait to go back.

  • Ekaterina Shilko

    Wonderful pics!

    You are so beautiful!

  • erica jensen

    Those tree roots…..holy cow! Your pictures are gorgeous and your BF is certainly a cutie. You make a great couple!

  • Absolutely Mrs. K

    in awe!

  • Crystal

    It’s so beautiful it doesn’t even look real.

  • The A-List

    Wow & Wow! Thank you for sharing your beautiful adventure! #MadeTheAList (fyi – not endorsed) There is an incredible, full-service, travel agency/concierge that we used that specializes in Southeast Asia including Cambodia, Vietnam & Thailand. We highly recommend them. xx

  • Cristina Monti

    These pictures are unreal, such gorgeous history and scenery, hope to have the chance to visit it one day!
    Check out:
    With Love,

  • sami dahmooni

    Magic ancient lands.

  • Lorena

    Amazing piece. We were in Cambodia last November and I keep having fantasies about going back! Truly an extraordinary place to visit.

More Stories

TheGlamourai is a webzine produced by Kelly Framel, a multi-media creative director based in downtown New York (but constantly bouncing around the world). Part fashion blog, part glossy mag, part fantasy travel portal, it's your ultimate online destination for stylish daydreams. Tune in for inspirational editorials, beauty tutorials, outfit ideas, DIYs, jet-set travel tips and more!
ALL MATERIAL © 2017 The Glamourai