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Roberta ascending the stairs of Pre Rup  

Roberta ascending the stairs of Pre Rup

Siem Reap & Angkor Archaeological Park

June 15th 2014
It's only a two hour flight from Đà Nẵng to Siem Reap and Angkor Archaeological Park. Before leaving Vietnam for the next leg of our journey we had to take advantage of our proximity to this famous site. The Khmer empire ruled over most of mainland Southeast Asia from around 800AD to the 15th century. Angkor was the capital city of this shifting empire and comprises over 1000 temples in variou ... read more
Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap

Cambodian Flag Most Cambodians consider themselves to be Khmers, whose Angkor Empire extended over much of Southeast Asia and reached its zenith between the 10th and 13th centuries. Subsequently, attacks by the Thai and Cham (from present-day Vietnam) weakened the ... ... read more
16th June 2014

Temple magic!
As usual, great photos and an incisive cultural, philosophical perspective, especially regarding the poverty and begging, sale of endangered animal parts and the transience of the graffiti compared to the enduring temples. I, too, choose the discomforts of weather over the tourists of high season, but my weather has been of the frigid sort--yours sounded scarier. Congrats on exploring so much in those treacherous conditions!
17th June 2014

Thanks Tara!
Maybe not as treacherous as the Navimag Ferry, but the heat did reach the "scary" level on a couple of afternoons. After a few of these experiences it's easy to adapt to the local lifestyle of getting out the door at 5AM and then hiding in a hammock by lunchtime.

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