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September 15th 2014
Published: September 16th 2014
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So here I am in Siem Reap and the first order of the day was to visit Angkor Wat, the reason most people visit. Most people apparently do some research beforehand and visit in the dry season. However after I booked my tickets in what is considered the wettest month of the year I optimistically thought it wouldn't really matter because it would be low season for tourists, and the previous times I'd... Read Full Entry



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16th September 2014

They were either Hindu or Buddhist. True story. :)
Hehe you made me laugh Rachael! And I think Sambo may have been the very guide I had the first time I visited Angkor Wat - your experience sounds very familiar, except he yelled out Rein! Rein! in my case. Looking forward to your next adventure :D
16th September 2014

Hindu or Buddhist
I know, it's terrible. I should be ashamed of myself....but honestly, it was so boring!
16th September 2014

Great!
One thing that really excites life is the opportunity to travel. Thanks for sharing. Also you can visit http://www.myiloilo.net/ for other travel news.
16th September 2014

Hi Larah thanks for reading.
16th September 2014

Retchel, Retchel...
Nice photos! I've always wanted to go to Angkor Wat. Hope you're having a great time. L
16th September 2014

Angkor wat
Thank you I am having a lovely time. I've been thinking of you as this trip has reminded me a little of our travels in Tikal and in Mexico. You would love it here! And we could have both enjoyed a giggle about information overload!!
16th September 2014

The Challenge
Seriously now Racheal. I thought I went in the wet season but you definitely did. Your photos show the everpresent moss and algae that degrade and attack the stones that the jungle and tree roots have been ripping apart for centuries. The challenge of rebuilding and conserving these magic sights is staggering. How wonderful that there is such determination to do so albeit from tourist dollars. How wonderful you have the opportunity to see them...and to absorb the fascinating history that brought them about.
17th September 2014

Rainy season
I have had a spot of bad luck as it hasn't been raining the entire time I've been here, only the exact occasions I have chosen to visit the temples! Yesterday it was lovely all day until about 3 pm which was the precise moment I stepped out of the car....so I've selected one sunrise and one sunset and it's rained for both, but been perfect every other time. No matter, I am loving it so far and enjoying what I'm discovering. I love the lost temples in the jungle!
16th September 2014
Crowds at Ta Prohm

Low season?
These low season crowds are truly frightening--what must the high and dry season be like? Great temples and beautiful carvings, but I'm with you, I don't need to know every detail. I prefer to research on my own and then experience and sense the place, rather than listen to a boring litany. Must admit, I'm guide phobic; still, what amazing temples and jungles!
17th September 2014
Crowds at Ta Prohm

Low season
I would really hate to be here in high season...although yesterday I went to some more out of the way temples and there were fewer crowds there. I can't even imagine what it would be like in the height of the season with everyone trying to get the perfect shot of the sunrise!
17th September 2014
Carvings, Angkor Wat

Love the carvings
So amazing
18th September 2014
Carvings, Angkor Wat

Yes, they're incredible, I loved them.
21st September 2014

Weather smeather.
Thanks for having us along on your Cambodia travels! I still haven't been, but will be using your blogs as a fabulous reference in the future. Did you happen to go into a cafe called Bloom? A friend of mine owns that, and the one in PP called Blossom. Great blog and great pics!
21st September 2014

Weather smeather
The weather hasn't been so bad....all part of the experience. No I didn't get to either of those cafes unfortunately and I left PP this morning. It will have to be next time...

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