Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom + others

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We spent the day being driven around various site by Tuk Tuk, what an excellent way to travel. You quickly learn that they don't really care what side of the road they drive on in Cambodia or how many vehicles it's safe to have over-taking at the same time, it's best to just let the driver get on with it.

First stop was Angkor Thom Bayon, what an excellent place to visit and it's still in remarkedly good condition. The only trouble with this and Angkor Wat is that the majority of people flock here, so it gets pretty crowded during peak hours. Although we have been past it in the afternoon and it has looked pretty empty compared to the morning. Due to the amount of people we decided not to spend to much time on investigating the main bit and decided to walk around the periphery instead. We then headed on foot over towards the Terrace of the Elephants, which seemed to have lost some elephants since our last visit, before walking back to the Tuk Tuk.

Angkor Thom Bayon

Next up was Chau Say Tevoda and Thommanon, two temples to the east of the Bayon. They're not very big, but they are nice all the same and away from the herd.

Then it was onto Ta Keo, which is apparently the largest of all the temples. Obviously too high for Wendy who refused to go up the final section of steep stairs.

After Ta Keo it was onto Angkor Wat which even though we've been there before, is still fantastic to see. Just going past it on the way to other sites you still look on in awe at the sheer magnificance of the place.

Angkor Thom Bayon
Once again the site was heaving with people, not sure if this was just a busy period or whether we were just unlucky. Anyway we took our time and walked around away from the crowds where possible. They've shut a large portion of the centre for restoration, which is a shame as you get a really good view from up there. Like with every site you get bombarded with people selling anything from books to postcards to t-shirts as soon as you step away from the buildings, we stopped off to get some bottled water at a side stall and got swamped.

And finally the last site of the day Phnom Bakheng, not that it hadn't been great. There was just a lot of climbing in very hot weather. The last time we came here they let you walk up the very front of the large hill on some very wobbly stones, this time they've shut this route down and you have to walk around a new path they've dug into the side of the hill. This site gives you very good views over the West Baray at sunset as well as far away views of the top of Angkor Wat. This is where you'll find the majority of people flock to see the sun go down, so as we descended the hill we were fighting against a tide of people going up, looking at us stupid wondering why we were going the wrong way.

 

markaabbott says:
sounds great - especially as I am sit in my office while an ice storm shuts the place down...

be good
Posted on: Jan 07, 2009
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We smothered ourselves in factor 30 and attempted to stay in the shade...

We hired the most expensive tuk-tuk to take us to various places in Angkor.

The whole area is full of either French or German tourists stomping their way around the sites.

At the last site visited today (Phnom Bakheng) a very slim female made a point of climbing down some steps close to where I had collapsed/was resting.  She gave me a 'look' and sauntered off to a corner to take some pictures.  Of course I judged her!  Phil took great pleasure in pretending to take photos in her direction of the 'area of natural outstanding beauty'!

Haven't tried to kill each other yet - but there is still time!

peterjones says:
pj whats all this about head shaving was it phill or wendy
Posted on: Jan 06, 2009
mumabbott says:
nah my boy wouldnt look ..he was looking at the scenery lol....what do you mean youve not tried to kill each other yet ..youve only been there 6 days .long way to go yet ...thanks for the phone no give them mine if you want ..bye for now ...xx
Posted on: Jan 06, 2009
mumabbott says:
hope you didnt shave all your head this time
Posted on: Jan 06, 2009
Angkor Thom Bayon
Angkor Thom Bayon
Angkor Thom Bayon
Angkor Thom Bayon
Angkor Thom Bayon
Angkor Thom Bayon
Thommanon
Thommanon
Ta Keo
Ta Keo
Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat from Phnom Bakheng
Angkor Wat from Phnom Bakheng
Angkor Wat from Phnom Bakheng
Angkor Wat from Phnom Bakheng
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