With the grime of Phnom Pehn still sticking stubbornly to our shoes, we continued our journey north, this time in a relatively comfortable bus. Our destination was Siem Reap, the so-called gateway to the temples of Angkor Wat. There is much more to be said about the history and culture surrounding both the town and temple complexes than I have the time or space to get into. What you should know, however, is that the temples number over one thousand, Angkor Wat itself is just one such – though as the largest single religious monument in the world, it has given its name to the entire complex. The Angkor complex was the largest pre-industrial city, sprawling to roughly four hundred square miles.
The temples welcome about two million tourists a year, and it shows (you wouldn’t believe the pains I went through to avoid having my photos filled … Continue reading