I quote from an official Cambodian scource - Angkor Wat, in its beauty and state of preservation, is unrivaled. Its mightiness and magnificence bespeak a pomp and a luxury surpassing that of a Pharaoh or a Shah Jahan, an impressiveness greater than that of the Pyramids, an artistic distinctiveness as fine as that of the Taj Mahal.
Nevertheless I did my duty and made an obligatory visit. Above is a shot of Elena crossing the entrance causeway towards the Temple. I lasted twenty minutes before beating a hasty retreat, taking no further pictures of any buildings.
I did however see this lovely Cambodian family sitting on some steps, all looking as enthralled as I was (not). Three generations of women on the right, and a father and son on the left. With their permission I took a few shots. (Much more interesting than some old stone buildings).
I do not remember Cambodia for its birds, there weren´t any! After traveling around in the countryside for a while Elena and I soon noticed that there were no birds around, nor any of the usual dogs or cats, nothing living at all except people. They are quite poor so anything & everything that moves gets eaten, it all ends up in the pot!
The girl below was doing voluntary work, washing up in lake water! at the village "orphanage". At least we were told it was an orphanage, I am sceptical because I saw what looked like parents hovering around, and I think it may have just been the primary school.
As a footnote to our visit, Cambodia is home to a number of critically endangered bird species, including Giant and White Shouldered Ibis, White-Rumped, Slender-Billed and Red-Headed Vultures. There are protected areas and reserves in the Country including one within easy reach of Siem Reap at Prek Toal, but it was too dry to visit when we were there. However I would like to return one day and find some of those rare and endangered birds before they disappear completely.