Temple Overload and Tired Feet

Ever heard of temple overload? We’ve just spent the last two days visiting the temples of Angkor Wat – ancient Khmer temples, a mix of Buddhist and Hindu ideologies. I have to say that they are every bit as impressive as I had heard. Very simply, they are something that should not be missed if you visit Asia. I can say that of very few places in the world. Niagara Falls, Angkor Wat and the Pyramids of Giza are perhaps the few famed monuments that I have seen that have not disappointed.

The complex is huge and covers over 40 km. We must have seen about 10 temples, although there are many more still to be seen. We were driven around the complex in a tuk-tuk, which is a little different from Thai Tuk-Tuks, this one was a motorcycle pulling a little rick-shaw like trailer. It was very comfortable and saved our energy for climbing the temples. Some of the steps up the sides of the temples were incredibly steep. I’ll be posting an album of photos when I return to China.

We’ve decided to head south tomorrow, taking a boat down a river to Battambang, in the Southwestern part of the country, and from there on to the Thai border and south to the island of Koh Chang, in the Southeastern part of the Gulf of Thailand. The boat ride is supposed to be one of the most scenic in Southeast Asia. I’m looking forward to it. The area around Battambang was one of the most heavily mined in all of Cambodia, during the reign of the Khmer Rouge and the subsequent civil war that ravaged the country for 30 years. Evidently, the Khmer Rouge had their headquarters in the area as late as 1994, when they pretty much disappeared.

For now, I must head back to the guesthouse, pack and get ready for our journey tomorrow. With any luck, I will be at the beach tomorrow. (The drive from Battambang to the Thai border is supposed to be even worse than the drive we had from Thailand to Siem Reap!!)


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