Remember Lara Croft played by Angelina Jolie in Tomb Raider looking for that Triangle of Light thing?
Anyway that’s were we are today.
Just outside of the town of Siem Reap Cambodia lay 200 plus ancient cities built during a
time when Europe was going through the Dark Ages. The Khmer people, as they are known, were ingenious, prosperous, and built many cities beyond the concept of modern man at the time to honor kings, deities, and the people of the area of that time. The first city we visit and the largest is Angkor Wat surrounded by an immense moat created for protection.
Angkor Thom is a large complex protected by miles of 10 foot tall walls. This is one of four gate entrances.
Ideal Female Form
Apsaras represent the ideal female form and of course like the ideal female (or male) Apsaras are mythical who have learned the art of this particular dance that the stone carver has captured for eternity.
This is interesting within the Angkor Thom complex there are 12 towers called the Sour Prat Towers. Two men in quarrel is each placed in one of the towers, after so many days they emerge. The one who comes out sick is guilty, Guilt by divine decree.
Ta Prohm is the place where the movie Tomb Raider was filmed with Angelina Jolie. The place is surreal.
You can try and see the ruins on your own but I would hire a guide. We hired http://www.angkorjourneys.com for the day. Kanha and her team were excellent.
Cambodia is a beautiful country striving to creep into the 21st century after decades of genocide and corruption. The constant chatter of the Tuk-Tuk drivers barking at pedestrians, gaining your attention, hopefully to solicit your companionship for a few dollars, reminds you of where you are in the world, children begging for handouts next to semi-upscale shops in Siem Reap makes you consider if Cambodia will crawl or leap into the modern world. Avoid the peddlers and seek out legitimate organizations if you are inclined to give.
If you visit Cambodia get away from Phnom Penh or Siem Reap and be prepared to experience some 3rd world adventures. A ride through the rice fields will show you the real Cambodia and its people living off the land, children and adults bathing in the rice fields, homes without electricity or running water, but still the people seem to be healthy and vibrant in such a place as The Kingdom of Cambodia.