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Angkor Wat and surroundings

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I believe a visit to Angkor Wat is the #1 thing to do in South East Asia. Being the 8th Wonder of the World (so I guess that would make the Plain of Jars the 5th) it is kind of hard to take a pass on. I am pretty temple, church, synagogue, etc. out so I probably wasn’t the most thrilled tourist ever to visit the place. The town of Siem Reap is the main lodging area with the Temple complex less than 20kms away. As this is the epitome of tourist sites in SE Asia and Cambodias shining star, it is heavily tourist based. The cost for the site also reflects that with a one day pass $20, three day $40, and one week $60. I opted for the one day. After so many ancient structures, and the pre-warning by everybody that the worst mistake you can make would be to try and see too much, the one day was fine. A very nice thing that they did do is allow you to purchase the ticket the evening before and allow you to enter for the sunset. Using that option I got the ticket and bee lined it to the sunset hotspot with a thousand other people. Not such a great idea and a pretty lackluster spot. The next day I followed a one day itinerary and visited a few places in the morning and then a few more in the evening. It was more than enough for me and made the day not so bad.

Here’s a few of the better shots.

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The sunset spot. Peaceful huh.

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You can see Angkor Wat from here although the sunset is the opposite direction. I didn’t quite understand that.

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Sunset.

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Crossing the moat.

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Leading up to Angkor Wat

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Angkor Wat

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Proof I went and didn’t just download photos off the net and pocket the $20Us (although I thought about it).

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Not bad.

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Found this guy at the napping field.

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Something to do with that Laura Croft movie. I haven’t seen the movie so not sure. This is a temple where the jungle has started taking over. Pretty neat structures with these root systems enveloping them.

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I think it looks more like Pirates of the Caribbean Octopus head guy.

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Same same but different.

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Erector set.

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Cool.

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The big head temple.

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$20. There better be dancing girls.

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Big heads everywhere.

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Sasha standing in for Angelina Jolie in another movie shot location at the East Enterance.

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Elephant temple.

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The main entrance.



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2 responses to “Angkor Wat and surroundings”

  1. Marisa says:

    Thanks for the photos and history lesson.
    Now I won’t have to visit Cambodia and can save US$20 to boot.

  2. snw2srf2stt says:

    The internet is a wonderful thing. Of course it would have been good to know that before the trip so that I could have spent a lot less time on buses.

    Steve

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