Week 106 –Siem Reap and Angkor Wat

Simply incredible. Only the Pyramids had more of a wow factor than the ruins around Angkor Wat. Actually the temples near Angkor Wat were more impressive – Angkor Wat was discovered and cleaned up and maintained while the other areas were left for nature to overgrow. I had signed up to run a half-marathon here in 2014 but cancelled because I would not have made the 3 hour cutoff. Another culture with an impressive civilization from 1,000 years ago that seems to have disappeared.

Very impressive complex and spread out over a large area. A lot of the complex is dedicated to water management through a series of moats and lakes to store water from the rainy season and save it for irrigation during the remainder of the year.
Not a arch – but a V. They didn’t know about the arch 1,000 years after the Romans
Different temple – Hard to see – but each spire had a face carved on it
One of the jungle overrun temples
Overgrown trees…I think this was in Tomb Raider
Although I could have climbed up – down would have been a challenge with one arm
Moat for irrigation control – still used
Gate to Angkor Thom
My tuk tuk driver
Sunset at Angkor Thom with some monks
After peaceful sunset – back to mayhem in finding my driver
Local dance show
Town of Siem Reap….lots of good resturants
Sunrise at Angkor Wat

Accommodation and logistics worked out great here….small hotel via AirBNB that arranged airport and bus transfers and I booked my tuk-tuk to tour the temples from there as well. Siem Reap a great little town as well – even had a visa cash advance place which gave me enough cash to make it to Singapore eventually.

From Week 106 –Siem Reap/Angkor Wat. Posted by JC Travels on 2/08/2016 (17 items)


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