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    That Pyramid would be right at home in Latin America. Amazing how cultures so far apart produced such similar work. But I guess a pyramid is a simple enough design that makes this more than likely. Still, there's something in the detail that makes them look so similar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bacwaan View Post
    I meant Ta Phrom in particular here...
    I went back today right after the sunrise at West Gate
    It was about 7:40am
    There were 2 cars and about 10 tuk tuks compared to 40 cars and 50 tuk tuks yesterday

    There were about 20 people in Ta Phrom when I was there today
    That was very manageable

    Yesterday at around 1pm we were literally backed up walking through one tunnel about 100 deep!

    So I guess all about what time you go

    I was entirely thrilled the whole time I was doing Angkor
    And you know me, I never have a complaint 5555

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    ^ the earlier the better for Ta Prohm...as I said in this thread way back iirc...once the first ring of temples (Bayon, Angkor etc) get busy you need to start moving out to the further rings...Ta Prohm is in the 2nd ring...so you still need to be early-ish there too

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moo Uaon View Post
    both were quite bare of tourists when i went to them.
    i love visiting ancient civilisations and wanted to see the pyramids for a long time. i came away just thinking that they were clever piles of rocks.
    angkor wat and thom were quite impressive in their sheer size and complexity.
    on the other hand the ancient capital,koh ker a very simple place yet has a pyramid.

    The sheer size of the pyramids blew me away... plus I don't believe for a minute that the Egyptians built them.. too much evidence around that they are at least 10,000 years old and were built when the Sahara was lush and green...
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    Quote Originally Posted by bacwaan View Post
    ^ the earlier the better for Ta Prohm...as I said in this thread way back iirc...once the first ring of temples (Bayon, Angkor etc) get busy you need to start moving out to the further rings...Ta Prohm is in the 2nd ring...so you still need to be early-ish there too
    I honestly thought this would be a one time thing for me
    See 5-6 temples in 2 days and that's that
    Seen it and done it

    As you are aware, I'm not exactly a "focus" guy 5555

    But I was enthralled, I honestly did not think that would happen
    And I will be back to explore ones I didn't see

    I really thought after seeing my pics Ao would want to go next time
    But she bleeds Thai blood and has it in for Cambodia
    Her loss

    Plus she'd just be a pain in the ass with the schedule

    I think I can get grandpa Dupree to go next time

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarcTwoSix View Post
    I honestly thought this would be a one time thing for me
    See 5-6 temples in 2 days and that's that
    Seen it and done it

    As you are aware, I'm not exactly a "focus" guy 5555

    But I was enthralled, I honestly did not think that would happen
    And I will be back to explore ones I didn't see

    I really thought after seeing my pics Ao would want to go next time
    But she bleeds Thai blood and has it in for Cambodia
    Her loss

    Plus she'd just be a pain in the ass with the schedule

    I think I can get grandpa Dupree to go next time
    All these trips the past 10 years to Pattaya. And I never realized it was only a 6 hour drive. I would have gone a long time ago..555
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dupree View Post
    All these trips the past 10 years to Pattaya. And I never realized it was only a 6 hour drive. I would have gone a long time ago..555
    That's Phnom Penh I think you looked at not Siem Reap

    As much as you seemed to like the ruins in Mexico
    I think you'd love Angkor

    Now I want to see Machu Picchu!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarcTwoSix View Post
    I honestly thought this would be a one time thing for me
    See 5-6 temples in 2 days and that's that
    Seen it and done it

    As you are aware, I'm not exactly a "focus" guy 5555

    But I was enthralled, I honestly did not think that would happen
    And I will be back to explore ones I didn't see

    I really thought after seeing my pics Ao would want to go next time
    But she bleeds Thai blood and has it in for Cambodia
    Her loss

    Plus she'd just be a pain in the ass with the schedule

    I think I can get grandpa Dupree to go next time


    If he doesn't I'll come. 555 I've been wanting to go to Siem Reap for years but stupidly kept putting it off. I think if I went I'd probably want to stay for 5/6 days. Spread the temple touring out so the pace is a bit more relaxed.

    How's the food there? I don't think I've ever eaten Cambodian food before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by supersub View Post
    If he doesn't I'll come. 555 I've been wanting to go to Siem Reap for years but stupidly kept putting it off. I think if I went I'd probably want to stay for 5/6 days. Spread the temple touring out so the pace is a bit more relaxed.

    How's the food there? I don't think I've ever eaten Cambodian food before.
    I only ate a bit because I just wasn't hungry the whole time there
    Maybe because of the heat

    But I had the famous Cambodia breakfast
    Mine wasn't as good looking as Mark Weins when he ate it on video
    But very good

    I also ate at a very popular place called Khmer Grill and the food was excellent

    Also I would say for high end places, sort of like Cambodian fusion or "new Cambodian" Siem Reap probably is one of the best cities in SEA for high end local food restaurants

    These pics summed up what I ate in 3 days and all were very good

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarcTwoSix View Post

    The Tomb Raider temple was a shitshow yesterday
    So after sunrise I will head right there and then back to hotel for flight to Bangkok
    that's amazing. i was in there 10 years ago with just my guide when he told me that a scene from the film was shot there. i had no prior knowledge of it as i'd never seen the film.

    just checked and it was Aug 2008 when i was there so the rainy season and very few people around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarcTwoSix View Post
    Now I want to see Machu Picchu!!
    I hope you're as fit as a fiddle. A friend of mine was describing the grueling climb in the low oxygen environment. Said he kept chewing cocoa leaves for energy and had to stop after every 10 steps or so towards the top. He's a crossfit trainer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bacon View Post
    I hope you're as fit as a fiddle. A friend of mine was describing the grueling climb in the low oxygen environment. Said he kept chewing cocoa leaves for energy and had to stop after every 10 steps or so towards the top. He's a crossfit trainer.
    I've known many people of varying fitness that do it
    You just have to stay in the town a few days to get acclimated

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarcTwoSix View Post
    I've known many people of varying fitness that do it
    You just have to stay in the town a few days to get acclimated
    yeah..its a bit of a struggle and requires a reasonable level of fitness..but I wouldn't say anything great if you take it slow and steady..mind I was about 25-26 and jumping out of my skin when I did it...would need a bit of prep to do it these days I imagine...55

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bacon View Post
    I hope you're as fit as a fiddle. A friend of mine was describing the grueling climb in the low oxygen environment. Said he kept chewing cocoa leaves for energy and had to stop after every 10 steps or so towards the top. He's a crossfit trainer.
    There is no need to climb up. There are frequent buses that depart Aguas Calientes(the town where you over night). Its not cheap buses but its an option.
    The climb wasnt too bad for me,although it is very humid and that was after a few days in Cusco, which is a bit higher in altitude.

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