tour d’angkor

It’s the grand poo-bah; the big cheese; the main enchilada. Angkor Wat or, more accurately, Angkor Archeological Park – one of the rare breed of attractions that actually lives up to the enormous hype surrounding it.
A sort of ruinous theme park of vast proportions, we were chauffeured for our first day of touring some of the farther flung temples and thereafter took to a pair of daggy but comfortable mountain bikes –  a happy and sweaty peloton of two. The main circuits around the temples are actually very beautiful to ride through in themselves. The road there from Siem Reap is less so, but we amused ourselves no end roleplaying the highlights of this year’s Tour.
Bayon
Bayon
Ta Keo

Ta Keo

There’s no denying the majesty of Angkor Wat itself, but some of our favourites included Bayon; Ta Keo; Pre Rup and we never got tired of gazing at the gates of the walled city of Angkor Thom.
Pre Rup
Pre Rup
Angkor Thom north gate

Angkor Thom north gate

We took heed of some useful advice on how to avoid temple fatigue and it worked. Don’t see all (or any) of the big hitters on your first day and don’t rush it. We forked out for a 7-day pass, which meant we could afford to see fewer temples each day and have a couple of temple-free days to relax (read: eat a lot) in town. We were almost a little sad when it was all over.
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4 Responses to “tour d’angkor”

  1. Geoff Says:

    Dodd, what the bloody hell is going on with your right foot? It’s black! Have you: (a) had it tattooed in its entirety; (b) got some sort of odd foot-glove on, like those creepy sock/glove hybrids; or (c) contracted a horrible, but not unexpected fungal infection on your travels? I’m concerned.

  2. Marshie Says:

    See – I’m not the only one who is horrified by your foot gloves Dodd! I’ve been discussing your choice of footwear at length with Em and Drew. We all agree it’s time you came home.

  3. Marshie Says:

    p.s. I’d like a post just about the shoes. Discussing the pros and cons. Plus some close up pics.
    p.p.s. I’m at work on Sunday. And rather than working so I can get out sooner, I’m procrastinating and looking at *important* websites.

  4. beyondbagot Says:

    Jeeze all you crazy cats. My feet haven’t created this much interest since that staph infection. No there will not be any posts on this however there will be more regarding beer which should at least keep Geoff happy.

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