If you don't know what Angkor Wat is, I'll fill you in. It's the largest religious monument. in the world. There are actually many, many temples over several kilometers but Angkor Wat is the largest. However some of the other temples had much more interesting architecture and sculpturing. The huge temples are best photographed during sunrise or sunset, and we hired a tuk tuk driver to take us out there for sunrise and then spent a couple of hours touring all of the temples. Some of the temples are restored, but the coolest ones are the temples where nature has taken over in the form of huge trees growing all over the rocks. Some of these temples were used for filming Lara Croft Tomb Raider, because of their natural Indiana Jones scenery likeness.
We also checked out the War museum, a collection of tanks, rocket launchers, and land mines in an outdoor setting. It was interesting walking through this collection, thinking about the horrible Pol Pot regime that forced Cambodia into a tragic genocide during the late 1970's. More information can be seen in our Phenom Phen blog. (when it gets finished). The town of Siem Reap (from where Angkor Wat is reached) is a nice town with all kinds of culinary options. Cambodia, in general though, has its fair share of garbage and corruption. Our border crossing from Thailand set the tone as we were offered visas for Cambodia by several different people (including a police officer) at several different prices. Fun Fun.
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