Angkor is More Than a Monument. It’s a Living Thing.

April 25, 2012 by | Filed Under: Authentic Experiences, Travel

Boaz penned his impressions of a recent 5-day trip to Cambodia: 130 km on foot, resulting in 31 Giga bytes of raw material, 70 hours of editing and 726 final retouched files to use….

Angkor Wat

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“Angkor is more than a monument. It is a living thing, and this is why people go there and are not satisfied with the pretty Discovery channel films. You have to be there to understand it, to feel it, that energy of life, man and jungle, structure and living chaos. Life South Asian style.As I was walking through the different sections, stopping to admire a random decorative texture on a wall, peeking through a broken gate of old stone plates and just wandering aimlessly, I found that more than the structure itself, what captured my attention was the way the jungle reclaimed this temple city, the way nature won. This time.”

read more ramblings on Angkor and see more photo’s

Siem Reap

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“There is not a lot to do in Siem Reap. And I am stating that as a positive thing. It is not an activity city, more of a place to land in a nice coffee shop with a book and have a surprisingly French baguette for breakfast.  The city center is just big enough to walk around in and just small enough to walk around in, the perfect size for a pedestrian explorer.

But the real charm of the city is not in the city. It is in the fact it is such a perfect hub to tour the area, the almost untouched countryside of the Cambodian lifescape,  with gems of cultural importance just a short drive from town.”

read and see more on Boaz’ adventures in Siem Reap

Phnom Penh

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“Walking in the less traveled areas of the city, you can find the real Cambodian modern lifestyle, past and present, with a small hint of the future, you can walk the small allies, in the shade of those big trees who have already seen it all, and you can feel that the local spirit has not been broken yet by the flattening crushing boot of over globalization, that the local identity is still there.”

…monuments are just monuments and I tried to catch how history affected life today.