Back From Vacation (or, Angkor Wat Is Awesome)

South Entrance to the Angkor Thom complex in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

This latest break from blogging was due to a trip my wife and I took to see the Angkor temple complexes in Siem Reap, Cambodia. October 1st is China’s National Day and many workers, including me, got a week off starting that date. I’d been to Cambodia once, back in 2006, but since we’re planning to leave this part of the world soon and return to the States, Angkor Wat and the other complexes were something I wanted my wife to see before we left.

Memories distort and fade, but our visit validated my recollections of the Angkor temples being the most amazing man-made things – from the pre-industrialized world, at least – that I have ever seen. I hope to see the pyramids in Egypt one day, and I know they likely rival or even surpass the Angkor temples in sheer how-the-fuck-did-they-think-to-do-that-let-alone-actually-do-that-ness, but, yeah, the Angkor temples are pretty sweet. If you ever have a chance to go see them, go. Don’t think twice about it. Just go, and thank me and Suryavarman II later.

Here are some more photos.