Temples of Angkor (10, 11 and 13th January)

Trip Start Jan 01, 2008
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Trip End Dec 29, 2008


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Friday, January 11, 2008

Our time in Siem Reap was all about the temples/Wats.   It is a massive World Heritage site, built in the 12th century.  It is somewhere that we have been before, but decided to revist on this trip as it was so awe-inspiring the first time.   Angkor Wat is a great source of Cambodian pride - it appears on the national flag and on all their currency and is the best preserved temple in the area.

One morning, we managed to get up at 4.30AM to see the sun rise over Angkor Wat. However, decided to take photos of the hoards of Japanese and Koreans sitting in the dark (must have got there at least an hour before us). Decided that our previous trip yielded the best sun rise photos as so much restoration taking place this time.  

Some nice restaurants can be found in Siem Reap, one night we had a very tasty Japanese beef meal at the Monopolose cafe ($6, including drinks), the best coffee was at the Blue Pumpkin and we had a great Fish Amok at the restaurant that Angelina apparently dined at when she was in town filming Tomb Raider. Sadly (from Clive's perspective) she was not around that night.

Lots of photos here  and one day we will get around to filling in the details.
Unfortunately, I can't remember all the names of all the places, among the places we visited were Angkor West Gate, Thom Man On, Chau Say Thevoda, Prasat Tob, Prasat Kraven and the Bayon Temple.

We first visited Angkor about 7 years agoand it was quite shocking to see the massive increase in the number of visitors and the deterioration in the temples.  The Cambodian government, or whoever is responsible for running the temples is in severe danger of "killing the goose"

Used the tin mugs (Christmas present) for the first time today !
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