Ruth says: Now this temple is the coolest temple in the world. Right in the middle of the jungle with the most amazing trees ever completely taking over the temple, growing in and amongst the stones . It looks like something out of Indianna Jones, and has been used in Tomb Raider ( hence Angelina's love affair with Cambodia). The bottom photos is with our tuk tuk driver for the day.
Bob says: The scale of Angkor Wat and the surrounding temples is unbelievable. The Khmer Empire was one of the most impressive in history, at its peak it covered most of south east asia and supported over a million people living where the temples are now, when at the same time london had a population of about 50,000. When the empire collapsed around 800 years ago following an invasion by the Thais (which to this day Cambodians seem to hold a grudge about) the area was abandoned, and the jungle took hold with amazing results. The temples were discovered by the French at the end of the 19th century. This will be my last temple visit ever, as every one following this will be a dissapointment, and lets face it, in the main things like this can be intensely boring.