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In October 1999, I was lucky enough to visit the monuments at Angkor in Cambodia. As I was staying with some friends in Bangkok, who had also wanted to visit the site, we arranged to spend a weekend in Cambodia. The trip was run by Bangkok Airways, and was well worth the fifty minute flight. We were met at Siem Reap airport and had a guide and driver exclusively to the three of us, for the entire weekend. I should point out, that this was just before the main tourist season starts, so we were probably lucky.

These are some photos of some of the sites, with a small amount of information regarding them. For more detailed information, try the Unesco World Heritage site or MarijkeJ. Klokke's pages at the Leiden University in Holland. I would also like to thank her for the use of her map showing the location's of the ruins I visited.

The ruins at Angkor were constructed over a period of about 500 years, starting in 879 AD. These first constructions are part of the Rolous Group below.

I have split up the photos into three sections:

Rolous Group

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Angkor Wat

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Angkor Thom

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Finally, here is a photo of the Nokor Kok Thlok Hotel, where we stayed in Siem Reap. It was fairly basic, but very clean, and air-conditioned. For our meals we were driven to a local restaurant, which again was basic, but the food was on the whole very good. You should also try the local Angkor Beer, which is much better than you'd expect!

Angkor Hotel

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