Paolo, Domenico, Sat and Anna all left to Sihanoukville, a town by the cambodjan coast with beautiful beaches (I was a bit jealous); Hugo stayed longer waiting for his wounds to heal; the other girls made their way to Vietnam; and Miguelito was on his own again...
My next mission was to visit the Angkor temples in the Northwest of the country, so got on the bus to Siem Reap, the city that serves as base for the temples.
bus station at Siem Reap!
6 hours bus and had someone picking me up on the other end, at the bus station, straight to the guesthouse... lush!
shrines on the streets!
From Angkor the Khmer kings ruled over a vast domain that reached from Vietnam to China to the Bay of Bengal. The structures one sees at Angkor today, more than 1000 stone temples in all, are the surviving remains of a grand religious, social and administrative metropolis whose other buildings - palaces, public buildings, and houses - were built of wood and are long since decayed and gone.
The word Angkor is derived from the Sanskrit nagara, meaning "city". The Angkorian period began in AD 802, when the Khmer Hindu monarch Jayavarman II declared himself a "universal monarch" and "god-king", until 1431, when Ayutthayan invaders sacked the Khmer capital, causing its population to migrate south to the area of Phnom Penh.
The temples of the Angkor area number over one thousand, ranging in scale from nondescript piles of brick rubble scattered through rice fields to the magnificent Angkor Wat, said to be the world's largest single religious monument. Many of the temples at Angkor have been restored, and together, they comprise the most significant site of Khmer architecture. Visitor numbers approach two million annually.
Carrega cu eles!!!!
Approaching the Bayon
Chased by 2 Dannish hotties!!
Miguelito actually first met this girls on the 4 hours truck journey to LuangPrabang in Laos, 4 weeks earlier. Random people one meet along the way on buses and things. And there they were now... 'Ruining' my picture! Didn't see them coming. We chatted for a bit trying to catch up on the last 4 weeks. It was hot that day! They were all sweaty... wet... and me too...
The 3 Amigos!
Ben, 23 y.o Ozzie, travelling asia for a few months.
Daniel, 34, English, travelling for over 7 months. Got sacked in England, i mean, sorry, he was made redundant... so instead of sit and wait for his faith and a new job he packed up and went travelling... Mai'nada!!!
ruins or stone beds..? perhaps to watch the stars...
coming into Bathoun
Terrace of the Elephants
Baking hot! 40º Celsius and high humidity! I don't remember to have drank so much water before... Hiding from the sun!
Time for pray, donation and Buddhist bracelet...
Business... Gia, selling bamboo flutes and post cards.
Gia is the world's best bamboo flute player. He is good!
Lunch break and leisure time...
The King Ben yaraman III
...child labour!!! Criminal !!! Take him away!!
Unlike most Angkorian temples, Ta Prohm has been left in much the same condition in which it was found: the photogenic and atmospheric combination of trees growing out of the ruins and the jungle surroundings have made it one of Angkor's most popular temples with visitors.
Most recently, this temples were used as the set for the film Tomb Rider, cum a gôstóóósa da Angelina!
O meu amigo vai obrar..?
Dan, the photo hunter, lost in the stone jungle!
My Korean ladies...
Seriously... Don't ruin the ruins!!! Leave them be... It's ok, people like it like that!
The North Gate into Angkor Wat.
We left the the main temple to last. End of the day and we got back to Angkor Wat. At this time Ben got lost amongst the Japanese and Korean groupies... But the show must go on...
Look at them!
Que to the top!!! they love it... People love ques, don't they..?
I specially love ques on holidays... hmmm...
Tanned..? Not really... F**kn Filthy!!!
Unlike most asian women, cambodjan girls seem to have quite prominent breasts...
Looking at the temple's carved walls (the photography of ancient times), one can confirm that such nice feature is inheritance from the far Past...
We like it !!!
...and some can get a bit too obsessed about it...
Ssssss... lap the Cop!!
it was a loooooooooooooooooooong day...