Since the beginning of April you can visit the temples of Angkor on Google maps. Just drag the yellow Google Maps Peg man into the temple complex and you can start walking around Angkor digitally. You can save the trip to Cambodia! Although I personally would suggest you to visit this beautiful country anyway 😉
Normally Google uses a car equipped with cameras on the roof for their street view images. Obviously this is not possible for Angkor and other places. So they designed a special ‘backpack’ with cameras to do the same, but while the carrier is walking around. Some types of organizations can actually borrow the “Trekker equipment” as they call it to help collect views of remote an unique places.
A tour of Ta Prohm, the temple that became famous because of Lara Croft and the Tomb Raider movie. The temples surrounding Angkor Wat may not be as big, but they are certainly not less impressive! So don’t just hang around the big famous temple, but give the little ones a chance!
Years later I can have a laugh about it. But this video does show how important it is to check the equipment you rent. In this case, a bike. I had swapped the bike I had with the one of a friend, as she wanted to head back and mine drove better. So I was using her bike which was not well maintained. This led to some exciting moments on the pothole filled roads in Cambodia.
During the dry season this is a 2.700 km² lake, but because of the rain season it will grow to an astonishing 16.000 km². The green “shrubs” you see in the picture are actually tree tops. The water level rises so much that the boats must navigate through them. I’m sure that now you’ll see why the people living on the lake build their houses on stilts. It’s a sight worth seeing!
Kids are playing in the water in one of the side rivers of the Tonle Sap lake. As there aren’t that many different ways of kids to play over there, you’ll easily spot them enjoying themselves in the water. And they always smile and wave 🙂
A different view of Angkor Wat. Most people stay at the front or inside the temple walls. But it’s worth walking around the complex and to the back. You’ll find this road that leads to a few more ruines and lakes.