Angkor Wat: Images
Angkor Wat was completed in the twelfth century although it was built over a period covering the previous two hundred years. The French began a restoration in the 1960's, but this was disrupted by the civil war and remains unfinished. The scale is enormous -- Katie, the tiny figure in blue, can be seen at the top of this structure
This is in the complex of temples where the Lara Croft Tomb Raider movie was filmed. Its no wonder everyone wanted their picture taken here!
Some of the structures are amazingly well-preserved, while others are just rubble. There are no guards and virtually no security, so you can climb the exteriors and explore the interiors.
As you can see in this shot, some of the temples are literally buried within the roots and trunks of trees.
The second evening our moto driver recommended a cultural extravaganza. There was a fabulous buffet with a huge array of local delicacies, including fruits, vegetables, soups and meats, and this was followed by a spectacularly colorful performance!