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Exploring Angkor Archaeological Park – Part 5: A Closer Look at Angkor Wat

The first causeway to the west entrance of Angkor Wat crosses a large moat.  Interesting fact is this moat is 13 feet deep.  You may think the moat was constructed to thwart attacks against the kingdom. However the real reason was to provide a location for water runoff during the rainy season and also to […]

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Exploring Angkor Archaeological Park – Part 4: The Roads Less Traveled

Banteay Srei – The City of Women Located about an hour by Tuk Tuk, north of Angkor Archaeological Park, Bantaey Srei has some amazing architecture and stone carvings so intricate, it is said they could only be carved by the delicate hands of women.  Enter the complex way of a restored stone causeway. Photo by: […]

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Exploring Angkor Archaeological Park – Part 3: Hiking Angkor

Angkor Thom Wall Trail Looking for a different experience and seldom visited temples, I came across a map that implied several different trails throughout Angkor.  The first, and the longest of the hikes, is a trail atop the Angkor Thom Wall.  Many don’t even know this wall exists.  They simple pass through the South Gate […]

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Exploring Angkor Archaeological Park – Part 2: The Grand Circuit

Day two of exploring Angkor starts with a visit to Angkor Wat for sunrise. Then it’s on to the Grand Circuit. To watch the sunrise at Angkor Wat, take every advantage of the early 5:00am opening to hike in to the reflecting pool to claim a spot close to the waters edge.  The area will […]

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Exploring Angkor Archaeological Park – Part 1: The Small Circuit

A look into my experiences over three visits to this popular UNESCO site, including Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom to the less visited sites and adventures like hiking the Angkor Thom Wall. The park is a look back in time of the Khmer people and the structures the Kings built. But a closer look will […]

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Thma Bay Kaek

  Thma Bay Kaek is a small temple near the road and entrance through the South Gate of Angkor Thom.  Not much of it remains, only what appears to be the foundation and a short staircase.  This is typically visited when hiking a loop starting with Baksei Chamkrong to Prasat Bei back out to the […]

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Prasat Bei

  Prasat Bei is a small three tower temple located between Baksei Chamkrong and the South Gate to Angkor Thom.  It is set back off the road and commonly reached by a short trail from Baksei Chamkrong.  The three towers are made of brick on top of a laterite platform.  The center tower is in […]

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Monk’s Trail

  This hike is along a trail that for many years has been used by Monk’s to ascend Doi Suthep (Mount Suthep) en route to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Temple. This trail is one mile long when you arrive at the jungle monastery known as Wat Pha Lat. The trail is steep in sections, […]

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Gold Digger Trail

  The Gold Digger Trail is about 4 miles long. You can only access this trail from the Two-Spot Trail as it branches off and ascends and traverses the side of Woody Mountain but never comes near the summit. I used this as part of a loop hike with the Two-Spot Trail in a clockwise […]

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Two – Spot Trail

  This loop trail has two different starting points. You can start at the south end of Rogers Lake or the north end. I chose the south and went in a clockwise direction. This is recommended if you are hiking in the late afternoon as I did. The sun will be at your back during […]

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