Up and Down, In and Out through Angkor

Trip Start Jan 28, 2013
Trip End Mar 09, 2013

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Flag of Cambodia  , Siem Reap,
Saturday, February 16, 2013

Angkor was the last capital of the Khmer empire -- a huge fortified city containing the ruins of a king's palace and many Hindu and Buddist temples. We toured the South and North gates of Angkor Thom, Bayon temple, Baphuon, Terrace of Elephants, Terrace of Leper King, and the Ta Prohm Temple during the morning hours.

We joined a local family in their home for lunch and learned to make a dessert from sticky rice powder and chunks of palm sugar. We made a brief stop at an elementary school to visit the first grade classroom. Later in the afternoon we visited Angkor Wat, the most famous royal temple. Built between AD 1113 and 1150, much of the bas-relief carvings remain. Several countries are partnering to work on restoration. We finished the tour of Angkor Wat at sunset with a rice wine toast (plus snake and water buffalo jerky) while sitting on the ledge above the moat. Then to dinner @ Neary Kymr.

The day was exhausting - walking up and down steps, in and out of doorways and temples, over uneven pathways while trying to dodge the thousands of tourists trying to see the same things we were looking at. However Thai did a great job trying to get us to spots early and giving us detailed explanations of the highlights. He also knew all the best locations for pictures and managed to keep us all together. It was a once in a lifetime experience for sure. The scale of the buildings made it difficult for me to get pictures so what will be posted here are just snapshots of items of interest to me.
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