Chenla ruins of Sambor Prei Kuk

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Some Cambodian Children at Sambor Prei Kuk
People i met here, who contributed to and improved my trip: Juliana (Russia), Jim (England)

Julia and I caught the morning bus to Kompong Thom, which Jim missed, but luckily he was only an hour behind us. So after a bite to eat, we hired 2 motorbike drivers to take us out to the nearby Chenla ruins of Sambor Prei Kuk. Pre-dating Angkor ruins by 3 centuries, the site is sadly in pretty bad shape. Many of the temples are crumbling and one of the most important temples had recently collapsed. All that was been done in response, was putting a cover over some of the ruins when it rained! Another reason for the sad decline of these temples, like many in this area of Asia, was due to US bombing attacks in the 60s and 70s.

We wandered the 3 main areas with the highlight of the complex been Prasat Tao, a temple guarded by 2 lions and the largest structure left standing. We also walked down to a nearby river for a brief encounter with some local kids before jumping back onto the bikes and heading home. We spent the night watching rugby and football on TV and enjoying a couple of beers, sad in the knowledge we were finally leaving the temples of Cambodia behind.
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Some Cambodian Children at Sambor …
Some Cambodian Children at Sambor…
Prasat Sambor Temple complex at Sa…
Prasat Sambor Temple complex at S…
Ancient statue at Sambor Prei Kuk
Ancient statue at Sambor Prei Kuk
Ancient statue at Sambor Prei Kuk
Ancient statue at Sambor Prei Kuk
Prasat Sambor Temple complex at Sa…
Prasat Sambor Temple complex at S…
A colourful beetle at Sambor Prei …
A colourful beetle at Sambor Prei…
Prasat Tao - The Lion Temple at Sa…
Prasat Tao - The Lion Temple at S…
Me at Prasat Tao - The Lion Temple…
Me at Prasat Tao - The Lion Templ…
Prasat Tao - The Lion Temple at Sa…
Prasat Tao - The Lion Temple at S…
Prasat Yeay Peau Complex at Sambor…
Prasat Yeay Peau Complex at Sambo…
Prasat Yeay Peau Complex at Sambor…
Prasat Yeay Peau Complex at Sambo…
Prasat Yeay Peau Complex at Sambor…
Prasat Yeay Peau Complex at Sambo…
Carvings at Prasat Yeay Peau Compl…
Carvings at Prasat Yeay Peau Comp…
Julia on the road back to Kompong …
Julia on the road back to Kompong…
A cow on the road back to Kompong …
A cow on the road back to Kompong…
A familiar Cambodian site - a liza…
A familiar Cambodian site - a liz…
Kompong Thom
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