I am now resting back in New Zealand and the rest of the IWA Team are on their way home too. The last time I had written was when we were on our way to Siem Reap. In effort to experience the full breadth of he travelling experience, I came down with food poisoning and hence have been MIA in writing.
A misconception that I had before coming here was that Angkor Wat was the only temple near here, as it is certainly the only one that ever gets much press. However, I quickly learned that this whole area is blanketed with various wats and other structures that were built beginning in the 800s by a long succession of Hindu and Buddhist Khmer rulers.
Our first full day in Siem Reap was spent exploring three areas: Angkor Thom (the largest of all the ancient Khmer cities and famous for its multitudes of face towers), Ta Prohm (a ruined sandstone monument that is being taken over by the jungle), and the famous Angkor Wat (which appropriately translates to ‘city pagoda’). I will leave you now with the beautiful images of these ancient places – enjoy!