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« on: October 20, 2006, 07:27:46 am »

Hiya.. with the Awana Retreat still fresh on our mind, let me pop this proposal here.



I've been wanting to drop by Angkor Wat for a visit, and are looking at this year-end to make the trip. No dates fixed yet, prob Dec. I'm thinking of spending about a week there, to fully explore all the temples of Angkor.



So any gamers wishing to join us are most welcome! We can play some boardgames along the way too!! Hmm... pictures of us playing boardgames in the ruins of Angkor would be priceless



Not many ppl know that the entire Angkor complex is as geographically large as Paris! Angkor was also featured in Angelina Jolie's Tomb Raider 2 movie.



btw there's also a boardgame called "Angkor"
http://boardgamegeek.com/game/19651



ANGKOR. There are two great complexes of ancient temples in Southeast Asia, one at Bagan in Burma, the other at Angkor in Cambodia. The temples of Angkor, built by the Khmer civilization between 802 and 1220 AD, represent one of humankind's most astonishing and enduring architectural achievements. From Angkor the Khmer kings ruled over a vast domain that reached from Vietnam to China to the Bay of Bengal. The structures one sees at Angkor today, more than 100 stone temples in all, are the surviving remains of a grand religious, social and administrative metropolis whose other buildings - palaces, public buildings, and houses - were built of wood and are long since decayed and gone.





Useful Links
http://www.angkorwat.org/
http://www.sacredsites.com/asia/cambodia/angkor_wat.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angkor_Wat
http://www.theangkorguide.com/
http://angkorguide.org/
http://www.theangkorguide.com/





There is only one way to best view Angkor - without unnecessary stress and with some benefit - and that is to allow at least a week, and to visit within reason two or three temples per day maximum. If this period of time is insufficient to penetrate to all the secrets of the very particular architecture and the dense ornamentation - which require a certain adaptation in order to fully appreciate their value - it is instead permitted to at least taste their charms, to assimilate the rudiments of Khmer Art, and to leave with a desire to study them in more depth.



A stay of short duration will, however, give a good idea of the ensemble - on condition that one paces one's programme according to the small amount of time at one's disposal, and has no pretension to 'see everything'. For this reason, we propose several itinerary types to aid the task of the hurried tourist. A minimum of three days would seem to us essential to make contact with the principal monuments of the group.



Angkor may be visited in all seasons. However the most favourable period extends from November to March, during the first months of the dry season, when the temperature is particularly clement. In contrast, April and May are hot and humid, and then come the rains - through to September - which put one at risk of immobilisation for several hours - though without always lasting an entire day. They are extremely rare in the morning, and the sandy soil quickly dries. This is the time when the forest becomes alive and verdant, when the reservoirs and moats refill, when the stones become covered in creepers and lichens - and it is only important to no longer climb, except with extreme caution, amongst the boulders and on the sandstone blocks, which the moss renders slippery.



It is preferable, particularly in the hot season, to leave early in the morning and to return before eleven o'clock, and not to revisit in the afternoon until three or four o'clock - the light at the end of the day being generally more favourable. The majority of the monuments - and in particular Angkor Wat - lose much in being viewed against the light.



We would especially recommend the setting of the sun at Angkor Wat, where sometimes the spectacle will include the flight of the bats in the fading light, or from the top of Phnom Bakheng or Phnom Krom, or the terrace of the Srah Srang - or else from the beach of the baray, where the bathing is delightful. Finally, if you have the opportunity, do not miss, by the light of the full moon, the second level courtyard of Angkor Wat at the foot of the central tower, or the upper terrace of the Bayon.

SUGGESTED ITINERARIES



1. FOR ONE MORNING
Angkor Wat, Bayon, the Small Circuit, a traverse of Ta Prohm from the west to the east, the terrace of Srah Srang.
Distance - 27 kilometres.



2. FOR ONE AFTERNOON
The Bayon, the Small Circuit, a traverse of Ta Prohm from the west to the east, the terrace of Srah Srang, Angkor Wat.
Distance - 30 kilometres.



3. FOR ONE DAY
morning
The Grand Circuit, with a visit to Pre Rup, Neak Pean, Prah Khan (traverse from east to west), the terrace of the Leper King.
Distance - 37 kilometres.



afternoon
The Bayon, the Small Circuit, a traverse of Ta Prohm from the west to the east, the terrace of Srah Srang, Angkor Wat.
Distance - 30 kilometres.



4. FOR TWO DAYS



first day
morning
The Bayon, the terrace of the Leper King, Tep Pranam, Prah Palilay,
the Royal Palace, the Baphuon.
Distance - 20 kilometres.



afternoon
The small circuit via the Royal Palace, the Victory Gate, Ta Prohm (traverse from west to east), Banteay Kdei (ditto), the terrace of Srah Srang, and possibly Phnom Bakheng.
Distance - 27 and 32 kilometres.



second day
morning
The Grand Circuit, with a visit to Pre Rup, Banteay Samre, Neak Pean, Prah Khan (traversed from east to west)
Distance - 46 kilometres.



afternoon
Angkor Wat
Distance - 12 kilometres.



5. FOR THREE DAYS



first day
morning
The Bayon, the terrace of the Leper King, Tep Pranam, Prah Palilay, the Royal Palace, the Baphuon
Distance - 20 kilometres.



afternoon
The Kleang and Prah Pithu, the Victory Gate, Thommanon, Chau Say, Takeo, on returning Phnom Bakheng
Distance - 26 kilometres.



second day
morning
The Grand Circuit, with a visit to Pre Rup, Mebon, Ta Som, Neak Pean, Prah Khan (traversing from east to west)
Distance - 37 kilometres.



afternoon
Prasat Kravan, Ta Prohm (traversing from west to east), Banteay Kdei (traversing from west to east), the terrace of Srah Srang.
Distance - 26 kilometres.



third day
morning
Banteay Samre, Banteay Srei
Distance - 70 kilometres.



afternoon
Angkor Wat
Distance - 12 kilometres.



6. FOR FOUR DAYS



first day
morning
The Bayon, terrace of the Leper King, Tep Pranam, Prah Palilay,
the Royal Palace
Distance - 20 kilometres.



afternoon
Baphuon, the Kleang and Prah Pithu, the Victory Gate, Thommanon, Chau Say, on returning Phnom Bakheng
Distance - 24 kilometres.



second day
morning
Takeo, Ta Prohm (crossing from west to east), Banteay Kdei
(crossing from west to east), the terrace or Srah Srang, Prasat Kravan.
Distance - 28 kilometres.



afternoon
Angkor Wat
Distance - 12 kilometres.



third day
morning
The Grand Circuit, with a visit to Pre Rup, Mebon, Ta Som, Neak Pean, Prah Khan (passing through from east to west)
Distance - 37 kilometres.



afternoon
Siem Reap river and Phnom Krom
Distance - 25 kilometres.



fourth day
morning
Banteay Samre, Banteay Srei
Distance - 70 kilometres.



afternoon
The Roluos group (Bakong, Prah Ko), the western baray (swimming)
Distance - 54 kilometres.



7. FOR FIVE DAYS



first day
morning
The Bayon, the terrace of the Elephants and of the Leper King,
Tep Pranam, Prah Palilay, the Royal Palace.
Distance - 20 kilometres



afternoon
The Baphuon, the Kleang and Prah Pithu, the Victory Gate, Thommanon, Chau Say
Distance - 24 kilometres



second day
morning
Takeo, Ta Prohm (crossing from west to east), Banteay Kdei
(crossing from west to east), the terrace of Srah Srang, Prasat Kravan.
Distance - 28 kilometres.



afternoon
The Bayon (to study the bas-reliefs), Phnom Bakheng.

third day
morning
The Grand Circuit, with a visit to Pre Rup, Mebon, Ta Som, Neak Pean, Prah Khan, (passing from east to west)
Distance - 37 kilometres.



afternoon
Angkor Wat
Distance - 12 kilometres.



fourth day
morning
Banteay Samre, Banteay Srei
Distance - 70 kilometres.



afternoon
Siem Reap river, Phnom Krom
Distance - 25 kilometres.



fifth day
morning
The Roluos group (Bakong, Prah Ko, perhaps also Lolei)
Distance - 28 and 30 kilometres.



afternoon
Angkor Wat (to study the bas-reliefs), western baray (swimming)
Distance - 38 kilometres.



8. FOR SIX DAYS AND MORE
Ad libitum, including the secondary temples and,
perhaps, with an excursion to Beng Mealea (a day trip)
Distance - 100 kilometres.



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« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2006, 05:09:55 pm »
Wow. How much for all that?

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« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2006, 07:25:22 pm »

Very nicely taken photos from someone who has visited Angkor Wat. Looks like pro.



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« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2006, 08:04:45 pm »

Here's a good map of the various temples scattered around the Angkor site. To visit ALL the temples will need more than a 3-day visit.



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« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2006, 03:59:14 pm »
Wah!! Then we can play 1801 (Death Railways of Cambodia) in Angkot Wat..... Sounds good. When is it going to be?

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« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2006, 05:31:59 pm »
Planning for Dec 2006 if possible (and if it's not too soon).
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« Reply #6 on: September 24, 2007, 07:17:06 pm »

[quote user="jack208"]Planning for Dec 2006 if possible (and if it's not too soon).[/quote]



Absolutely intrigued!Been dying to  visit Angkor Wat.


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« Reply #7 on: September 24, 2007, 07:19:02 pm »
[quote user="c mun"]

[quote user="jack208"]Planning for Dec 2006 if possible (and if it's not too soon).[/quote]



Absolutely intrigued!Been dying to  visit Angkor Wat.



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Hahaha!I'm still living in 2006.Missed the date.Anyway,planning a retreat this year?


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« Reply #8 on: September 24, 2007, 11:42:33 pm »
Still in planning stage, c_mun. Not likely to be tis year, mebbe next. Now we know who to invite when this is onz. [:P]
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« Reply #9 on: September 25, 2007, 09:31:55 pm »

[quote user="jack208"]Still in planning stage, c_mun. Not likely to be tis year, mebbe next. Now we know who to invite when this is onz. [:P][/quote]



Splendid!A 3 to 4 days retreat would be great.Places to consider :Krabi;Borobudor,Jogja.