Cokie and me and Angkor Wat in 2004!
In 2004, I was able to talk Som in to going to "dangerous" Cambodia. Well at least that was the reputation Cambodia had to the Thai. I knew that there was no worries in going to Cambodia but it take some convincing on Som's end. After our short week-long journey to Siem Riep and the Angkor Wat complex, Som felt a little silly about here initial worries. We had a great time.
I did visit the complex in 1984, during the height of the Khmer Rouge occupation of the surrounding areas. I still can't believe I was insane enough to travel to this war-torn country on the back of the truck way back then. But then again, I was somewhat of aN "extreme travel" junky (just read the Gorilla Expediton to Rwanda page!). While it was a blast, there were many definite "no-go" areas and land mines were still a serious issue at that time. But in 2004, all was well and the entire region had shown the beginnings of becoming one of the biggest tourist areas on the planet. On my prior visits to Siem Riep, I had seen the lodging options grow from simple home-stays, to simple hotels and hostels, to now, where you can find countless foreign-owned five star lodges and mega-hotels. I am not sure what I think about this. There does now seem to be more in the way of employment opportunities for the local Khmer and I guess that is a good thing.
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The following mages are what we captured during our stay in Angkor.
This elderly gentleman was seen playing his lute at East Mebon Temple.