We went to Cambodia last weekend. I have my friend Joe to visit and taking pictures is always great fun and very inspiring with him. Thus, I thought since we have been all over Bangkok, why not go to Angkor and Being Mealea.
No everyone knows Angkor Wat and its fantastic buildings surrounded and some taken over by jungle. But then there is Being Mealea, about 70km outside of Siem Reap. We thought we’d have the ruins to ourselves….and we did not. Instead, we had about 10 big busses chockfull with Chinese tourists. Now I understand that when you have to compete against 1.2 billion others that you need elbow, but people you are on vacation, so relax. There is no need to barrel through these places screaming, shouting, bumping as if you’d be the wild hordes themselves led by Genghis Khan conquering the world.
But anyway, I will write more about this trip and just wanted to show a few images of this recent trip. Pictures taken after the busses with said tourists had left again and the jungle and ruins were collectively exhaling again.
Angkor and the temples in that area fascinate visitors from all over the world, because nature makes such a great effort to reclaim what was once hers. Trees extend roots over the century old builds, slowly tearing them down.
This has been our second time to the area and overtime it feels like we are in an Indiana Jones adventure. If you are not in awe about this place, then you apparently forgot to pack you soul.
Another very famous complex is the Bayon, with its many faces.
A trip that is absolutely worth it and is even more fun and impressive when you show a little respect and reverence, instead of just checking it off your bucket list.
Cheers, stay sharp and remember that you don’t just see with your eyes, but also with your heart, paraphrasing Antoine De Saint Exupery.