Myles Harrington

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Two Sites Worth Seeing

In Cambodia on November 12, 2010 at 5:27 pm

Our first overnight bus ride in over a month took us to Siem Reap, famous for pretty much just one thing, Angkor Wat. The famous 900 year old temple is even emblazoned upon Cambodia’s flag; it must be something special. We were considering at times not even visiting the so-called heart of Cambodia, but thought we should as we were around. I was worried Angkor was going to be another Taj Mahal moment, rammed with too many tourists, overpriced and not as magnificent as hyped, but I was really wrong.


At US$20 the entrance fee was cringingly steep to someone as frugal as myself and with the $15 tuk tuk ride on top it’s an even more painful day out for the poor. Approaching from the south you get the idea of the scale of the site, seeing the vast moat which looks more like a giant lake and makes old saxon castle moats look like punctured paddling pools. Angkor Wat is placed symmetrically on the middle mound and is massive. It’s not really the scale that struck me as the most important aspect of the temple though, it’s the detailing on such a scale, triple layers of carvings cover the whole structure from top to bottom and the views from the top are incredible.

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