All templed out
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Today was our last day at the temples, and we were out by 7am as we are convinced it's getting hotter by the day. We took another look at Bayon, before exploring some of the smaller temples within Angkor Thom. Then it was on to Angkor Wat for one last look. We arranged to be picked up at the back, so that this time we could walk all the way through, getting a much more accurate impression of the size and symmetry of the place. Having also now been to most of the other significant temples, we had a much greater appreciation of just how well Angkor Wat is preserved. It becomes even more amazing when you consider that it was built in the 12th century - building on a mass scale rarely seen in human history, except maybe for the pyramids or the temple complexes of South America. An example of the mind-boggling logistics involved in building Angkor Wat: the huge sandstone blocks used to build the temple were quarried more than 50km away and floated down the Siem Reap river on rafts.
The back of the temple was almost as impressive as the front, minus the grand causeways, and happily, minus the crowds. We were able to take some good, people-free photos. Just as we were walking along the path back to the tuk-tuk, Diane spotted a large, black scorpion crawling across the path in front of us. We were so transfixed by this unexpected sight, we didn't even get a photo.