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WATS up! Angkor Wat, Siem Riep, Cambodia

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The next day, our tuk tuk from the previous night was waiting for us in the hopes we would tour the temples. We decided to hire him for the day along with our new Norweigen friend, Oevind. The three of us started our tour at about 11 in the morning. It turns out we only had time that day to do the "small tour."

We joyfully hit the road to tour what is billed as the eight wonder of the world. Most of the temples were built between 1100 and 1400 AD during the height of the Khmer empire. At the time when Angkor had around 1,000,000 people London had about 50,000. Talk about the power of agricultural advances!
Enjoy the pics.
elephants at park entrance

elephants at park entrance


First was Bayonne in the Angkor Thom (city complex)
outside bayonne

outside bayonne

Sara come down!!

Sara come down!!

faces 2

faces 2

faces of bayonne

faces of bayonne

life in the midst of stone

life in the midst of stone

gross... don't look

gross... don't look

Mike Meditating

Mike Meditating

Bayonne entry

Bayonne entry

Buddha north of Bayonn

Buddha north of Bayonn


Of note at Bayonn are the enormous number of great head sculptures created after the first sack of Angkor to reestablish the protection of their Gods!

then Baphuon. Mike and Oevind

Mike and Oevind

temple Cambodia

temple Cambodia

sara wants to go heavenward

sara wants to go heavenward

sara climbed here

sara climbed here

sara on Top of Bayonne

sara on Top of Bayonne

Temple north of Bayonn - - siem reap

Temple north of Bayonn - - siem reap

the top of temple Buddha-- siem reap

the top of temple Buddha-- siem reap

We then headed north outside of the city for lunch and a couple of temples further north and east Ta Sohn I believe.
raiders of the lost ark anyone- siem reap

raiders of the lost ark anyone- siem reap


Then in for the big climax of Angkor Wat to close the day!
Mike is a mythical creature- siem reap

Mike is a mythical creature- siem reap

Sara, Mike, and our buddy Oevind- siem reap

Sara, Mike, and our buddy Oevind- siem reap

bas relief at AW- siem reap

bas relief at AW- siem reap

cool light at AW- siem reap

cool light at AW- siem reap

Buddha at AW- siem reap

Buddha at AW- siem reap

inscription at angkor wat - siem reap

inscription at angkor wat - siem reap

end of day at angkor wat- siem reap

end of day at angkor wat- siem reap

It was an amazing first day. Entrance to the temples for 3 days $40 USD. Transport for the day $15 for three people. Additional expenses...lunch $6 per person. The only decision for tonight...How early do we start tomorrow?

Next Episode...What deal is behind door number one or...you want 2 WAT?

Posted by tourdeflor 02:53 Archived in Cambodia Tagged tourist_sites

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great pics - so different than here in the US.

by mikeshawve

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