Angkor Wat

Trip Start May 31, 2008
Trip End Jun 01, 2009

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

On August 26 and 27th we visited the ruins of Angkor Wat, Cambodia just outside Siem Reap.  The ruins are truly amazing with lots of small and large Wats in an area of of more than 40km2.  On day one we started with some of the earlier built temples that are devoted to Hindu Gods before seeing the later Buddhist ones.  We traveled through Pre Rup, East Mobon, Neak Pean and Preah Khan before stopping for lunch.  After lunch we saw some of the Angkor Thom area (Bayon) before going to the main attraction for sunset.

Angkor Wat being the main temple in the entire complex was huge.  The entire outer area is carved with bas-reliefs showing many different scenes: Churning of the Ocean of Milk, and the Ramayana epic were two that we enjoyed the most.  The main complex rises more than 3 stories and makes for some wonderful photos.

The next day we decided to get up very early and see the sun rise over Angkor Wat.  We were not disappointed although 5 am was very early.  After visiting Angkor Wat in the morning we continued to finish the Angkor Thom area seeing Baphuon, The Elephant Terraces, Terrace of the Leper King and Ta Keo.  The highlight of day two had to be Ta Prohm where the movie Tomb Raider was filmed.  The site is over grown with trees which have been left for nature to take over.  The large trees are growing out of the temples and with their huge roots made an incredible sight.  You could really see how old these temples are by seeing how the vegetation has taken over the temple's structure.  The excavators deliberately left this one temple as it was so people could get an idea of what the ruins looked like before excavation and restoration.  Needless to say, we were tired by 1:00pm and suffering from mild NAW (Not Another Wat) syndrome, so we went back to the city to have lunch and a nap before an evening of errands.

We are staying at a great guest house where you feel like home.  Their kitchen is stocked with what we would normally eat at home (eggs, yogurt, cereal, and my favourite - Ovaltine!, and of course all the typical Khmer food for lunch and dinner).
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