Of beggars, temples and tourists

Trip Start Feb 26, 2006
Trip End Sep 16, 2006

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Friday, May 12, 2006

There's only one reason to visit Siem Reap, but it's a big one. In fact, it's the biggest-- Siem Reap is the gateway to the Temples of Angkor, the largest and arguably the most well preserved religious structures in the world.

Ticket prices are steep at $40 for three days, and with many other governments (like Japan, France and Germany) providing preservation services, it's a wonder where all that money goes. (Spend any time here talking to Cambodians and the mystery lessens-- the Sokha Corporation whose name appears on the tickets also runs the biggest gasoline station in Cambodia, as well as the only 5-star hotel in Cambodia, and is headed by a high ranking government official.)

However the temples are spectacular. The Angkorian empire was vast, and these ruins reflect that.

We'll let the photos speak for themselves.

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