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These images are from our trip to Cambodia and particularly Angkor Wat and the surrounding area. The region includes the world's largest collection of religious monuments. The earliest were built of brick and date to the 9th century CE and continue through the 15th century. The city represents South East Asia's earliest large city; long before Bangkok, Singapore or even Phnom Phenh.

One author, Cambodia, Lonely Planet, described Cambodian history as the good, the bad and the ugly, very apt. Ancient Cambodia is mostly unknown; however, clay pots from the north have been dated to 4200 BCE. Chinese writings of their neighbors to the south are a bit unflattering. The Khmer, modern Cambodians speak Khmer, likely grew out of trade with the Indian subcontinent in the 1st through 5th centuries. Indeed there is a significant Hindu influence tempered with Buddhism from the north. The Khmer's, in one form or another and never peaceful, lasted from the 9th through the 15th centuries then, things turn messy - the region is variously controlled by the Thai's, the Siamese, the Vietnamese, even Kublai Khan in the 13th century influenced the region and even the French in the 19th century controlled the region. In modern history the Japanese occupy the region and the Thais take the opportunity to seize the north. In 1953 Cambodia becomes independent if not particularly stable. Then for the ugly, the Americans bomb much of Cambodia killing some 250,000 and the resultant civil war leads to the ascension of the dictator Pol Pot who essentially turned the country into a prison; he evacuated the city of Phnom Phenh and killed some 90% of the educated and artisans. What a mess! Today the average Cambodian is poor, agrarian and part time tour guide. Tourism is booming and the populace is very much interested in protecting the industry. Tourism is a renewable resource with brings much needed currency into the economy. See Historical Cambodia gallery for more detail.

Cambodia Favorites 2014

Cambodia Favorites 2014

Images are from our trip to Cambodia and particularly Angkor Wat

Historical Cambodia 2014

Historical Cambodia 2014

This gallery is primarily a place to discuss the history of Cambodia and to add a bit more contex

Angkor Wat 2014

Angkor Wat 2014

The world's largest religious temple complex and the world's largest single religious building th

Bakong 2014

Bakong 2014

Bakong is part of the Ruluos group and is one of the earliest Khmer temples.

Banteay Srei 2014

Banteay Srei 2014

Banteay Srei, the Citadel of Women, is the only temple in Angkor Wat not built by a monarch

Baphuon 2014

Baphuon 2014

The Baphuon is a temple mountain built also in the 11th century by king Suryavarman I

Bayon 2014

Bayon 2014

Angkor Thom and the temple, Bayon, are the crowning achievement of king Jayavarman VII

Beng Mealea 2014

Beng Mealea 2014

This temple is also built in the early 11th century by Suryavarman II who also was responsible fo

Cambodian Cultural Village 2014

Cambodian Cultural Village 2014

The Cultural Village is an odd duck. To quote the Lonely Planet Cambodia travel guide, "kits

Eastern Mebon 2014

Eastern Mebon 2014

The Eastern Mebon was the first temple constructed by Rajendravarman II in the early 10th century

Kbal Spean 2014

Kbal Spean 2014

Kbal Spean is way off the beaten track. No other tourists in sight. Our driver reminded us to be

Kompong Phluk Floating Village 2014

Kompong Phluk Floating Village 2014

This is a fishing village located on the banks of the Tonle Sap Lake and floodplain.

Landmine and Killing Fields Museums 2014

Landmine and Killing Fields Museums 2014

What else can be said? Humbling. Aki Ra is the founder of the Landmine Museum and orphanage, has

Lolei 2014

Lolei 2014

Lolei is a much older temple complex than Angkor Wat built by king Yasovarman I, generally regard

Neak Proan 2014

Neak Proan 2014

Also known as the Temple of the Intertwined Nagas also built by king Jayavarman VII

Phnom Bakheng 2014

Phnom Bakheng 2014

This is the place to go to admire the sunset as the temple is located on a hill where the western

Phnom Kulen National Park 2014

Phnom Kulen National Park 2014

Considered the most sacred mountain in the Khmer Empire, Jayavarman II proclaimed himself, "

Preah Khan 2014

Preah Khan 2014

Also known as the Sacred Sword this temple also built by, you guessed it, king Jayavarman VII

Preah Ko 2014

Preah Ko 2014

Preah Ko, (Sacred Ox) is also part of the Roluos Group like Lolei and Bakong

Siem Reap 2014

Siem Reap 2014

Siem Reap has an interesting recent history. It was little more than a fishing village in 1907 wh

Siem Reap Artisans' Village 2014

Siem Reap Artisans' Village 2014

Also known as Artisans d'Angkor, it is a social business created to provide job opportunities for

Siem Reap Driving 2014

Siem Reap Driving 2014

This is a collection of images captured 'en-route'

Siem Reap Transit 2014

Siem Reap Transit 2014

How many cows can you put in a tuk-tuk? None. Silly. Cows ride in a ramoa. Think tuk-tuk for anyt

Ta Prohm 2014

Ta Prohm 2014

Ta Prohm is part of the main Angkor complex and is located East of the Angkor Thom complex which

Ta Som 2014

Ta Som 2014

Ta Som was built by, you guessed it, king Jayavarman VII in the late 12 century and dedicated to