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Southeast Asia Travel News

The Southeast Asia Travel Specialists Since 1999

Prior to the construction of Angkor Wat itself the mid-11th century Baphuon  – royal temple of King Udayadityavarman II, (trying saying that after a couple of Angkor beers) – was the largest temple of the Angkor empire and with it’s main tower surmounting the massive sandstone pyramid, said to have been clad in bronze, and its spectacular raised entrance causeway…

The Royal Enclosure is  a walled-off area slightly to the north and west of the centre of Angkor Tom and which housed the palace complex of the Angkor kings. The palace itself was constructed of wood so nothing remains except for said surrounding walls which were constructed out of laterite, the sandstone-clad entrance gopuras and some stone lined bathing pools. …

Must have visited the ruined Ta Nei Temple some 20 times and am yet to see another visitor there! Moreover it’s a great little Jayarvarman VII site in a picturesque forest setting with some interesting carvings remaining and it’s not really that inaccessible. There’s no road to this temple making it, along with Banteay Tom, one of the rare reasonably…

Phnom Bahkeng Temple, Angkor, Cambodia… “Though the identity of Phnom Bahkeng is today firmly established, the place hardly gets the respect it deserves…..Late every afternoon, just before sunset, crowds troop up the hill, on foot or by elephant at 20 dollars a ride. Then they climb the temple’s steps to the plaza-like upper tier, which becomes as jammed as the…