Asia 2005 Journey Day Nineteen
                                   Bangkok, Thailand to Siem Reap, Cambodia
                                            May 22, 2005:  Hot and even more Hot.  Noon time arrival with a quick check in at the 
                                            new Palace Angkor hotel.  As one guide said, "New hotels are like mushrooms, sprouting
                                            everywhere".  The hotel staff is polished and the extensive use of solids and burled wood
                                            is dramatic.  Really contrasted with the incoming countryside that is denuded of forest land.
                                            After an hour "cool down" in the hotel room, our guide and driver take us directly to Angkor 
                                            Wat.  The complex is located only a few kilometers from the airport and traffic is abundant with 
                                            motorcycles, bicycles, and taxis.
                                            The Angkor Wat monastery dates back to the 12th century and reflects the influence of the 
                                            Indian Hindu style.  "Discovered" by the French in the late 1800s, it was been restored where
                                            possible.  Long corridors in the perimeter contain reliefs that explain either battles, Hindu
                                            stories, or venerate various gods.  The ability to walk over or under any part of the complex 
                                            is amazing since the ancient building is the quintessential heritage site. 


                                           Travel specs:  Siem Reap Airline ATR-70
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