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Met our tuk-tuk driver outside the hotel to sort out what we wanted and the price and we were off! A very careful driver, not at all like those in Bangkok, took us to the ticket booth where we were photographed, paid our money and left with a very smart looking ticket.

The driver drove us into the complex, which is vast, about 1,000 square km. Angkor Wat itself is just one of many temples, some Buddhist and some Hindu, so we started at the lesser temples which were nonetheless very impressive. All built on a sort of pyramid shape, sat in a large, walled area, some with lakes or ponds.

We walked up and down, round and round, several temple sites, and then it rained, and boy, did it rain. We waited and waited and then an enterprising young girl turned up with plastic ponchos - 2 for 3usd - which we bought and waded off to find our driver, and lunch! It poured with rain the whole time we were eating; they had someone at the entrance to keep brushing the water away to prevent the restaurant being flooded.

It did stop and we went on our way again, two or three small temples, then the driver decided it was time for Angkor Wat. It is huge, and there were a lot of people around (many Japanese, Europeans, Aussies and Russians) but the sun came out again so all was well. It has sustained a lot of wear and tear, and damage over the years, including firearm damage at the hands of the Khmer Rouge. It is certainly impressive, not just the scale of the complex and buildings but also all the finely carved bas-reliefs and statues. Lots of steps and long passages and many photographs later, the sun started to go down, so we went and did the final tourist bit and photographed Angkor Wat at sunset.

A great day in spite of the rain, lots of water drunk, lots of photographs and sore feet. We were glad to get back and have a hot shower and a beer.



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