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Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat itself. Temple-mountain, mausoleum and astronomical calendar. Built by Suryavarman II (r. 1112-52).

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Bayon

The awesome Bayon, temple-mountain of Buddhist king Jayavarman VII (r. c. 1181-1220).

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Banteay Srei

Small but beautiful Banteay Srei. The stone’s pinkish and the statues and carvings are ornate and wonderful – the best place to get an idea of the gods, animals and weird mythological creatures of Angkor’s imaginary realms. Built by a Brahman in the tenth century.

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Angkor Thom

Mount Meru again, but this time as a huge fortified city. Built by Jayavarman VII (r. c. 1181-1220).

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Ta Nei

Ta Nei, built by Jayavarman VII (r. c. 1181-1220). You get to it via a sandy track that tuk tuks and minibuses aren’t allowed down – apart from the old Khmer guy looking after the place, we were the only people here.

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Kbal Spean, or The River of a Thousand Linga

Gods, animals and linga carved into the riverbed by ancient hermits.

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Siem Reap

Monk Cheavannda and the very strange Incredible Exhibition of Buddhist Practices.

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Kompong Trach caves

Caves near Kampot, clearly used for the worship of all kinds of gods and godlings down the centuries.

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Village wedding

We were invited to a friend’s wedding in a small village. Instant celebrity. We danced and had our photos taken. Everybody was very sweet, and we ended up sleeping under the house next to the buffalo.

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Village spirits

Photos taken in Svay Koy village, Kompong Chnang, to accompany a piece on Cambodian spirits: a medium, an ancestor spirit (the rock), a scarecrow to frighten away bad spirits, and the Ghost House.

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Rabbit Island

Off the coast of Kep.

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The road to Kep

We cycled to Kep and ate crabs. The countryside is stunning.

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Kampot fish market

At sunrise the fishing boats unload their catch, then sail on upriver.

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Building a house

Volunteer project building a house for Khutt Khai and her son, Hut. Near Kampot.

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Fish Isle

Fish Isle is over the river in Kampot. It has salt flats, and lots of the people who live there are Cham.

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Kampot, upriver

Sunset, phosphorescence, fireflies – beautiful.

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Volleyball

Volleyball is a big deal out here, and is played for cash.

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Pchum Ben

The Festival of the Hungry Ghosts

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Kampot

Miscellaneous Kampot pics.

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Bokor

Bokor National Park. Sokha is building a new resort on the site of the old French colonial hill station.

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Tuol Sleng

Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, on the site of the secret Khmer Rouge prison S-21 where over 14,000 were interrogated, tortured and killed.

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Phnom Penh

Miscellaneous Phnom Penh pics.

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