Save the first for last

By Frances Micklow

The bustling dirt road lined with monks, nuns, vendors, and tourists. The mixed smell of dust, sweat, animals, and cooking meat. The feel of heat and humidity given slight relief from the breeze of the traveling tuk-tuk.

This was the road most traveled by tourists and pilgrims on their way to the Angkor Thom complex. And travel this road we did, but once we got out to explore, we learned the better way to see everything.

Work backwards.

Our guide, Luhn, took us to the smallest and farthest structure first. We walked through the maze of the intricately carved Leper King Terrace followed by no one but local children.

We made our way through the gates, by the king’s and concubine’s bathing pools, and over the elephant terrace without interruption by other people. We were able to stop and look at the massive carvings with out the feeling of guilt when you’ve taken too long.

We had to cross paths with the large groups of other tourists when we got to the walk way of the Baphuon. Since most of the tourists start at the Bayon first thing, since it is the biggest and the temperature is cooler, we met them in the middle.

But that meant we we’re able to see the main attraction with out the worry of too many other people. As our guide described it, it was tranquil. It gave the temple much more of a sacred feel when you were able to behold the massive stone faces and winding terraces at your own peaceful pace. 

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1 comment so far

  1. Bram Micklow on

    Very good, I feel like I am there.


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