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Trip Start Aug 01, 2010
Trip End Apr 30, 2011

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The Temples and City of Angkor 10th 12th C built about the same time as Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London.

We just had 2 days to see the Angkor Temples and it was just not enough time.  On the first day we started  really early and had uncrowded venues and beautiful light for the photographs. We visited Angkor Thom - which is the ruin of the city, Ta Phrom, the Tomb Raider site and finally Angkor Wat. It really was too much in one day and I have to admit to being exhausted by the time I reached Angkor Wat. It would have been worst if we hadn't had a enforced 2 hour break at lunchtime - we 'lost' a couple of people for a while and the minivan ran out of petrol!  We had lunch in a small roadside Cambodian food stop with only 2 gas burners - they produced some of the best food we have had on the trip, from American style pancakes to spicy noddles with pork (that's what I had).

I found a piece of medieval pottery at the south gate of Angkor Thom there was loads of shards laying on the surface. It was a hard day lots of steps and it got really hot in the afternoon - but definately not to be missed.


We took the second day much more slowly and as there were fewer of us we took a couple of motorbike Tuk Tuks which were great fun.  We visited a number of the small sites, less stairs, which I really preffered - Angkor Wat was beautiful but very crowded just too many tourists(!) and too my mind so well restored that it was to good to be true.

The lesser temples are restored but have been left in a more ruinous state so have a great atmosphere.  We all enjoyed the feeling of being explorers and the lack of crowds allow us to enjoy the quiet and study the small details without being rushed.

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