Tag: Cambodia

Backpacking across SE Asia: Banteay Srei & Preah Khan

Siem Reap -Day 2 Banteay Srei After Puru and BerT took the land route to Thailand, I had until the afternoon to explore the man-made wonders around. I planned to see Banteay Srei and Preah Khan, and squeeze in any other spots en route. En route to Banteay Srei, we checked out the ‘state temple’ of Pre Rup. As with other un-maintained stuructures here, it appears to be a crumbling bunch of stones stocked together. Though the carvings are now faded with time, the structure in iteslf is interesting as it is a temple mountain. After the steepest  flight of stairs I...

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Backpacking across South East Asia: Angkor Thom, Cambodia

As I sat there reading Amitav Ghosh’s ‘River of Smoke’, I could see lights of some distant city from the window of the aircraft. Suddenly it struck me that I was going over the same places, both in fiction and reality. My plane was flying over the same lands of South East Asia about which I was reading how they started as small fishing/ trading hamlets, and now I could see the glitter of mighty cities they had become. It was a queer feeling.. So after an uneventful night at the very unimpressive LCCT terminal of Kualalumpur Airport, we...

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