Cambodia

Trip Start Sep 05, 2006
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Trip End Sep 05, 2007


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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

We left Bangkok and decided to takethe trip to Cambodia by land. The trip came with localwarnings about road conditions and locals trying to sell you their services at the border to "help" you with the visa process. The bus to the border and the crossing were just fine. We have some pictures of the road from Poipot, Cambodia to Siem Reap which is the town by Angkor Wat. It was the ride of a lifetime. The road was underwater much of the time. Our driver was quite a cowboy and his horse waas a Toyota Camry. I have never seen a car take this kind of abuse. We jolted at top speed over giant rutts in the road,through the river until the water got a little too deep and the car died. No worries, the rest of the cowboys were just down the road. The rest of the way we were pulled or pushed by whoever had a car that would start. At one point, we had to be pulled by alarge tractor whie we floated behind, the water filling up the floor of the back seat. It was a great experience. We got to see the Cambodian countryside which is largely unchanged for centuries.

Angkor Wat was a very special place. It had disappeared until the French found it buried under jungle growth. There are 3 main temples. Angkor Wat, the largest was built by a king who believed in religious tolerance and there you can see Buddhist and Hindu carvings existing side by side.
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