Location: Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia (13° 26′ 31″ N, 103° 51′ 35″E)
Date: 12 November 2002; 6.15am
Camera: Canon G1
To many people, the only reason to go to Cambodia is to visit the magnificent Angkor Wat complex- and I can’t blame them. Angkor Wat is indeed an incredible piece of architecture. Recent studies have postulated that the might of Angkor was due to its advance engineering technology in storing rain water in the various reservoirs (barays) for agricultural use in the drought; and its demise was due to losing this edge as a result of loose maintenance. I visited the place about 8 years ago when transport was not very developed and was quite an effort for a budget traveller like myself. Things are different now in terms of Siem Reap’s connectivity. Perhaps it is time to revisit the monument and to go further afield to places such as Kbal Spean in the Kulen Hills where Hindu deities were carved in stones in the river.