The temples of Angkor Wat

Trip Start Jan 19, 2007
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Trip End Mar 09, 2007


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Monday, January 29, 2007

Jan 29: This morning we take our bus along National Road 6 past the village of Skuon (where fried spiders are the local delicacy) before continuing on to Kompong Thom for a lunch stop. We will watch the sunset over these magnificent ancient monuments from Phnom Bakheng Temple.

Jan 30: A full day spent exploring the complex. You will visit the incredible Angkor Wat, the many temples inside the Royal City of Angkor Thom, including the magnificent Bayon comprising 54 intricately carved towers in one single temple. The Bayon certainly left an impression on an early traveller in 1925 who stated "we stand before it stunned. It is like nothing else in the land." We will also see other less-visited outlying temples. Particularly impressive are Banteay Kdei and Ta Prohm, which is still covered in jungle as it was first found. Re-discovered in the 1870's and famously described as being "grander than anything of Greece or Rome" by the French explorer Henri Mouchot, this world heritage site stands alongside Chichen Itza and Machu Picchu as one of the world's most spectacular archaeological sites. A truly magical experience and a photographer's paradise.

Jan 31: continue our exploration of the Angor complex with a visit to the impressive Temple of Banteay Srei.  The afternoon is free to explore more temples on your own.
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