Travel Musings in Cambodia (Sept 2007)

I visited Angkor Wat (UNESCO world heritage site) and three of its surrounding temples at 5am so we could see the spectacular view of the sunrise. All the temples are a mixture of Buddhist and Hindu, and contained so much carvings on the walls. Most are well-preserved even though they were built between the 9th and 13th century. We were able to go inside each temples, and wander within its maze-like structures. The temples were so high and it was amazing to hear it was all handmade.

We also climbed to the top of Angkor Wat – the highest temple – and the view from the top was pretty spectacular!

We visited another temple where Tomb Raider was made (photo above), and the temple was amongst the jungle, so we went on a jungle bush walk to see it. The temple was entwined in gigantic tree roots! It was surreal!

An usual thing about Cambodia is that the US dollar is its unofficial currency – it is widely used to pay for most things, while the Cambodia’s currency is only used to give back small change that equal to less than a dollar. Even ATMs only deposit US dollars! Very quirky indeed…

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