First day in Angkor Wat

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Petrol Station before Dawn. No, I mean it.
We got up to meet the tuktuk driver before dawn to catch the sunrise, and drove through the early dawn to the temples.  This was my first trip in a cambodian tuktuk, and my first experience of the Cambodian approach to petrol stations.  The photo below shows one.  The liquid, which I guess is best described as probably petroleum, is kept in glass lemonade bottles measured out to a litre, and funnelled directly into the petrol tank.  It's very efficient if your whle gas tank takes a litre, and costs about a dollar.

I was soon to learn that almost everything costs one dollar, almost regardless of waht it costs in real. In fairness, the border guard had told us about this, but we hadn't wanted to change too much money because it is so hard to change back.  I still have what is effectively a 0.
My first glimpse of Angkor Wat
5p note in my purse. 

We got our photos taken for entrance and headed off to Angkor Wat itself.  Even peering through the rain, it was one of the most impressive things I have ever seen.  We got out of the tuktuk, got our tickets checked and headed across the causeway. 

unfortunately, there was no sunrise.  Well, obviously, the sun rose.  Otherwise we would all be blogging from the end of the world. But it did it from behind a thick layer of cloud and drizzle.  Despite this, my first exposure to the wonders of Angkor was really impressive.  I can't actually express this clearly in words, so you're going to get a lot of blether about "really impressive" from now on. Until someone invents more words for it.  I loved the carved freezes of battles and the sudden shrines, and teh apsara dancers everywhere.

The next stop was the Bayon complex.  The bayon is the one that all the paintings we saw later were of, with the enormous heads carved into the towers.  They used to think that this was Buddha, but apparently they are a god-king, proving his omniscience.  And it is pretty impressive.  It has to be said, I doubt that carved heads of Queen Elizabeth would have the same effect. But it is an amusing thought. 
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Petrol Station before Dawn.

No,…
Petrol Station before Dawn. No…
My first glimpse of Angkor Wat
My first glimpse of Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat at dawn across the caus…
Angkor Wat at dawn across the cau…
Apsara, from too close up
Apsara, from too close up
Singha
Singha
Apsaras
Apsaras
Temple
Temple
The temple courtyard
The temple courtyard
Buddha
Buddha
Apsara
Apsara
Windows
Windows
Apsara
Apsara
My camera does not like the rain, …
My camera does not like the rain,…
Apsara
Apsara
Archeology or restoration
Archeology or restoration
Library
Library
Shrine.
Shrine.
Battle frieze
Battle frieze
Snake on one of the temples
Snake on one of the temples
View from a high temple
View from a high temple
View of the jungle
View of the jungle
temple
temple
Stairs, with no warning sign; why …
Stairs, with no warning sign; why…
Naga
Naga
temple
temple
tree and wall
tree and wall
Way into Angkor Thom
Way into Angkor Thom
Angkor Thom
Angkor Thom
Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat
Angkor Thom
Angkor Thom
Bayon
Bayon
Little carvings
Little carvings
Massive root structures
Massive root structures
roots again
roots again
Tourists
Tourists
More tourists
More tourists
elephants on the elephant terrace
elephants on the elephant terrace
Huge trees
Huge trees
More huge trees
More huge trees
Me, looking even smaller than norm…
Me, looking even smaller than nor…
Indian govt. reconstruction work
Indian govt. reconstruction work
Gateway
Gateway
Asiatic chicken
Asiatic chicken
Distant Buffalo
Distant Buffalo
Lakshmi
Lakshmi
Bayon
Bayon
Buddha
Buddha
Palace
Palace
Temple with redcontruction works
Temple with redcontruction works
Near the palace
Near the palace
Pools
Pools
Singha
Singha
Very ancient temple whose name I a…
Very ancient temple whose name I …
Butterflies
Butterflies
workers near Bayon
workers near Bayon
Angkor
photo by: ulysses