- a selected bit of Cambodia -

1999 Travel Report - GPS waypoints - GPS tracks

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No, no, no. This is NOT Angkor Wat.

Pre Rup behind rice fields
That Nikon COOLSCAN III LS-30 ain't bad !

They don't make them like this any more...

One of the Angkor Thom city gates

Someone's watching you

Along the entranceway of Angkor Thom

Did anyone try if this is safe to swim ?

Pool inside Angkor Thom

Gettin'round Angkor

Don't worry your head, Angkor city gates are tall.

Traditional style

Some people say there are mines.

Conventional style


Applause ! It's moving !

To be honest, you could also take a minibus or taxi though that ain't very stylish

A word about the people

A few people in Siem Reap area are not too popular amongst the rest of the folks. You should not be in these people's way. You may also encounter situations where the touts get just a bit too much, but if you take a look at the economy there, you will understand everyone's strong need for your money.
Apart from these situation, people are friendly, bright and humorous.
You will find them to speak English and - less commonly - French. Japanese is now becoming more popular and a few speak some German. Many Cambodians use shortwave radios to listen to foreign broadcasts.
Your guide and those who seek conversation with you usually want to practise their foreign language skills. They have a good understanding of things, and express their own opinion. It is a pleasure to talk with them.
All this may reflect the fact that tourism is the only hope these people have. Or maybe, they are just good people. I saw several travellers deeply touched when they said goodbye to their guides, their drivers or their hosts.

Now a few shots of the tempels

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My suggestion how you best explore the tempels

  • Don't book a tour where they drop you right at the front gate. Tom Sawyer wouldn't have done that. Laura Croft neither.
  • Have your own transport and "discover" the places from the less popular back entrances that are usually in a somewhat "wild" state and often free of touts
  • Explore the places on your own (until a tout finds you)
  • Later, preferably next day, visit the front entrance for a totally different view - and for your souvenir purchases
  • If you are into hi-tec gadgets, download the Angkor files from my GPS page
  • Note: Angkor is really worth it. You hain't seen such elsewhere.

    Eventually, here comes the author of this page

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