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Angkor Wat

August 7, 2012

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I generally run this blog chronologically, but I need to skip ahead a bit here. My buddies Martin and Kris flew to Phnom Penh from Korea, and I met them there after taking a minivan down from Kratie. Because we ended up in the capital city twice, I’m going to cover the temples of Angkor and Siem Reap first.

I have such a staggering number of pictures from the temples of Angkor that I really need to split them up into different blog posts.

In Siem Reap, we arranged for a driver to drive us around the temples for three days. This is about the right amount of time to catch the Angkor highlights. We took a car rather than a tuk-tuk, and the driver provided water and a cooler for us to keep beers in. We agreed to pay $25 per day and an extra $5 for the sunrise, but he ended up overcharging us in the end so I’m not going to endorse him in this space.

We went to Angkor Wat itself twice. We spent our first morning at the temple complex there, and we returned the next day to see the sunrise. Even though I’m only addressing Angkor Wat itself in this post, the pictures are going to run a little long so I’ll get right to them.

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Angkor Wat. Don’t expect too much from the captions on this post. All of these pictures are from Angkor Wat. Didn’t you read the title?

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Angkor Wat and the surrounding temples are known for their bas reliefs. This was one of my favorites.

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Most of my pictures make the temple look deserted, but there were plenty of people around. This is one of many, many Korean tour groups we saw.

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Kris and Martin. We were on the upper level of the temple here, the highest part tourists are allowed to access.

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These Buddhas were in the main alter on the upper floor. However, Angkor Wat was originally a Hindu temple, and was built to honor Vishnu.

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We saw this nest of termites or something in the woods near Angkor. It was pretty cool, they had set up their own makeshift road network, although I didn’t get a decent pic of that part.

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I saw this huge spider in the bathroom of the place we had lunch.

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Angkor at sunrise. I took like 80 pictures and kept 20, but I’ll just share a handful. Any time I get up at 4:30 in the morning, I have to run at least a few pics after all.

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Seriously, how is Angkor Wat not one of the “7 Wonders?” I know it’s a subjective list, but who on earth would be more impressed by the Christ the Redeemer statue in Brazil? I’m sure it’s a nice enough statue, but it’s still just a statue. One last pic.

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