Posted by: Larzizou | December 30, 2008

Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia

What was to follow the last post was classified. Still, as my frequent flyers, you are entitled to a partial coverage of my Cambodian moments.

We spend the night out, part of it at the infamous Angkor What ? bar, part of it at a local club where there were no more than 3 tourists (a rare find and record in the so-touristy Siem Reap), “slows” were still in fashion and danced even by straight men hand-in-hand.

Accordingly, we do not have to wake up, and meet our Tük Tük driver early on, at 5h45 am. We hope to see the sunrise from Angkor, supposedly at its best. “Hope” is not to be taken lightly as it was not exactly a starry night and rain poured on us the day before.

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We more or less make it at 6am. It’s not crowded at all, but probably more crowded than many places in the world that early in the morning. Fortunately, it’s not too bad.

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Crossing the bridge, monks preceded us.

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About to get there.

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Some people come here to study with the attention they deserve, I am sure, carvings on the walls. Sometimes for as long as a week. 5-day passes sell for $60US. For people like us, only inclined to take pictures of the said walls, the one-day pass sells for $20US. In between, a 3-day pass goes for $40US.

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Some more intermediary temples before getting to the real deal.

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A rather “strange” lion sculpture. The tail ? What tail ?

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One of the best preserved sites in the world, Angkor surprisingly boasts very few maintenance people.

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The first few of a lot of steps to climb that day. That’s why traveling is best done young. The rest of life is just a long, useless parade to get busy before death comes, as everyone knows.

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Inside Angkor.

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Angkor revealing its mysteries (but not to us).

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Stones, stones and more stones.

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Maybe I should not darken my pictures with Picasa.

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Birds, birds and more birds.

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Ladies, ladies and more ladies. G.od, it’s not good.

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Another monk on Angkor (the faint orange stain under the peristyle). We are not allowed to get there. Seems rather dangerous to climb up too – slippery slope.

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You guessed it – the rectangular-shaped Angkor features four of these towers.

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I doubt you can take a picture with that few tourists most of the time Angkor is opened.

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A very spiritual place. For once, trying to find a soul (some say I succeeded).

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Angkor gardens.

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Angkor façades.

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Angkor temples.

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In sepia tones.

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More shots of Angkor – in flying colors.

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The Franco-German team. French leaning left, German leaning right.

I am not trading a friendship against a (probably, or most certainly, bad) pun and stop here.

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Wat in the water. Get it ?

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Waterholes do good to temples. It kind of remind me the water alley before the Taj Mahal. Except that when I went there, the water alley was dry.

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Hot-air balloon on a fixed-line can also be mounted on above Angkor Wat. But we have a taxi to catch early on in the afternoon and observe it from afar.

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Gate to heaven, I suppose.

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I heard somewhere that Angkor splendor made people look ugly on pictures taken there, in comparison. A damn good explanation for this picture. In the background, Remoul le Tamoul wandering.

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There is virtually no limit to the number of Cambodians this vehicle can carry.

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I guess she was sculpted after an atrocious-looking Cambodian women. I have seen very few unfortunate-looking Cambodians so far. I wish more came to France to…hum…enjoy the country.

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There is virtually no limit to how stupid I can get with Remoustachio el Pistachio.

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Welcome to my castle (property laws are different down there)…

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As they favor humans, black and white pictures also favor serendipitous gatherings of stones.

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Looks like an ex.

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More stones – we planned to see about 6-10 temples today.

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I suggested we played hide n’ seek. On the lower-right corner, the dog, counting to 100.

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Here come the hotsteppers tourists.

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Ever heard about Bayeux tapestry ? A similar enterprise. Only, half-naked version.

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How many people were enslaved and died to build the complex ? I have no idea.

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Bow down before Buddha. Especially if he’s three meter tall.

The Asian cousin of Gozilla.

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Remollino, the Portuguese cousin of Pinocchio, shows respect.

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So do I.

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More temples. And you thought you had had enough ? (So did we)

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Must be around 10am by now and unbearably hot. Not to mention how tired we are after a restless, reckless, sleepless night.

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Nice, ain’t it ?

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Our antepenultimate  (I bet half of you looked up this word in the dictionary) temple. Feels good.

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Small time inmovable elephants.

Upper-left corner, lions, as always (including Madagascar II, that I just watched), parading on top of the animal kingdom.

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Bayeux tapestry, part II.

This section is about how elephants came to rule the rural world in 1315, right before Xenu, the dictator of the Galactic Confederacy, sent billions of his people to Earth before hydrogen-bombing them. For more info, click here.

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Strange Animal, Part I.

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Fake-looking Disney-like castles.

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A wide array of cigarettes variety can be found in Cambodia ; from Marlboro, to Cambo to… Alain Delon !

I have hard time explaining the current popularity of the third-person speaking actor; and my abusive use of compounded adjectives in this post.

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My friends’ next competitor. See here why.

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