Angkor, Cambodia <br />
When first returning to Angkor Wat in Cambodia after twelve years I was initially dismayed to find the ancient ruins literally sinking under the weight of tourists. The last time I’d been on top of Thom Bakheng to watch the sunset I’d been alone with one other French tourist. Now bus loads of Korean and Japanese clamored up Bakheng Hill with an obsessive determination to join the crush of visitors resolute to capture the last rays of the day. I discovered it was possible to still find peace among the temples simply by circumambulating the ruins in the opposite direction of the tourists, such as these monks who came out to enjoy the quiet of the day at Bayon Temple.

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Angkor, Cambodia
When first returning to Angkor Wat in Cambodia after twelve years I was initially dismayed to find the ancient ruins literally sinking under the weight of tourists. The last time I’d been on top of Thom Bakheng to watch the sunset I’d been alone with one other French tourist. Now bus loads of Korean and Japanese clamored up Bakheng Hill with an obsessive determination to join the crush of visitors resolute to capture the last rays of the day. I discovered...
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  • Date: 1 Jan 2006
  • Location: Siem Reap Cambodia
  • Filename: Wright_005.jpg
  • Image size: 1400x908 pixels