Sunset on the Bakheng Hill Temple. Siem Reap, Cambodia. February 2011.
Sunset on the Bakheng Hill Temple. Siem Reap, Cambodia. February 2011.

Tourist in Siem Reap

  Cambodia and Thailand - February 2011

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Siem Reap is the city next to the temples of Angkor, Cambodia. My previous passages here go back to 2001 and 2003. It was crowded already. But then, uh... it just took on a whole new dimension. The traditional "sunset" in Bakheng Hill is worth the detour.

We can manage to take some pictures that make believe a temple in ruins little frequented ...

Sunset on the Bakheng Hill Temple. Siem Reap, Cambodia. February 2011.
Sunset on the Bakheng Hill Temple. Siem Reap, Cambodia. February 2011.

But the reality at sunset time, between 5:00 and 6:30, is more like this:

Bakheng Hill Temple. Siem Reap, Cambodia. February 2011.

Impressive, isn't it? Don't be afraid... 😀

The temples are very beautiful, despite us tourists.

The crowd of tourists is waiting for sunset on the Bakheng Hill temple. Siem Reap, Cambodia. February 2011.

That said, I knew what to expect, question attendance, coming back here ... And I could already see, in two rounds of tuk-tuk and a small walk to return to the guesthouse, that Siem Reap has changed well in ten years. Big bad hotels have sprung up everywhere.

Still, I'm thrilled to be back under the Asian skies. But I'm too slammed tonight to go any longer. Tomorrow, the first day of visiting the temples... I'll be back very soon to show you everything!

  Cambodia and Thailand - February 2011

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