Angkor Wat and Phnom Penh

Trip Start Dec 26, 2003
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Trip End Mar 28, 2005


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Tuesday, March 16, 2004

I took the one week pass to Angkor Wat renting a moto & driver & driving around the many temples in the area, including Angkor Wat, which was about my least favourite of all, due to the sheer quantity of people visiting it. A number of the other temples were less grandiose, less visited, more chilled out & more pleasant places to be. I was up 5 out of 7 mornings for sunrise & watched sunset from a range of locations. Actually, I
found Bagan in Burma more breathtaking, but this area will likely remain a
trip highlight.

After a week visiting the Angkor Wat complex in Cambodia, I headed out to Beng Melea, where part of Tomb Raider was filmed & to Koh Keh. Lui, our Toyota Camry driver, was hoodwinked by other Cambodian car drivers to drive us out to Koh Keh down a road that was really only meant for 4WDs. It was an entertaining drive and I was relieved when Bob, an Aussie I was with who had a lot of rally driving experience, took over the wheel. However, I was not as relieved as Lui, who looked a long way out of his driving depth on the road. It was great to see a temple that so few others get to.

In Phnom Penh, I visited the Killing Fields & S21, a Khmer Rouge torture centre. This was brutal & I don't have the words to express what a tough experience this was. It is possible to touch the metal bed frames that people were tortured on, which still sit in the rooms as they were when the Vietnamese entered. The floor still bears some of the blood stains that couldn't be removed. Chilling & gruesome.
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