Thursday, May 7, 2009

A view of the top of Phnom Bakheng...

Here is a pic from the top of Phnom Bakheng...
The steps at these temples are deceiving steep and very shallow in depth.  Most of the time, only half your foot at most can land on the step.  The weathering and foot traffic also cause the steps to erode at an incline pointing downhill.  These factors make climbing the temples harder and more dangerous than it may seem.  The best way to go up and down (which is harder than going up) is to climb the stairs sideways.
The Angkor site has become very popular in the last decade or so.  Many tourists (like ourselves) make it a requisite stop in SE Asia and rightly so.  But, that also means that you will not have the temples to yourself.  It is inevitable that other tourists will be in your pictures as you can see from this shot.


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