Sunrise and ruins

Trip Start Oct 04, 2011
Trip End Nov 29, 2011

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Ventured out of the hotel yesterday evening for a meal and went by TukTuk to a restaurant half way between our hotel and the centre of the town.. Most of the journey was through 5 inch deep water - but today it seems to have gone down a lot.

Yet another early start to see sunrise at Angkor Wat - although I think a little earlier start may have been better as we didn’t seem to be able to get to the really good spots for photos before the sun had risen. But it was very beautiful and nowhere near as crowded as I had expected.

Then, after a quick breakfast, we drove to Banteay Srei - which is also called the Citadel of Women (apparently as it is small, delicate and perfectly formed!). Not many tourists and the carvings were exquisite - it was built in the 10th century and was a complete contrast to the enormous Angkor Wat

A short drive away is Kbal Spean - the River of a 1000 Linga - which has lots of Hindu carvings on the rocks in a waterfall on it. To get to these you had to walk/climb up a very steep hill for 1.5 km. There were stretches where you had to use the jungle vines to help pull yourself up and over boulders - qute a work out in the heat and humidity (hopefully this will help the weight loss!). When we got there it became clear that these carvings are much better viewed when the water is low - we only saw a couple! But the walk/climb there and back was very impressive.

Finally a long drive to Beang Melea  - which gave a real insight into rural Cambodian life.. The temple itself is very ruined and the jungle is taking it over. It is not part of the main Angkor complex and doesn’t seem to have undergone any significant restoration and doesn't seem to atrract very many visitors. It was very atmospheric - we expected Indiana Jones to come leaping out of the jungle at any minute.

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Philip and Emily on

They all look amazing, bet you're glad the water's receded a bit!


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