Firstly, let me say that of all the places I have been to, ever, Cambodia is probably my favourite. But (and I know you shouldn't start a sentence with 'but', but I'm gonna!), what a difference 8 years makes. Firstly, it seems unbelievable that it was 8 years since we first went to Siem Reap but it was: Girl-child was still in nappies and boy-child wasn't even thought of yet.
It was still a major tourist attraction then but nothing as to now. Also they have decided to restore the temples, which were struggling under volume of tourists they were attracting and some statues had been stolen so they are being re-carved.
We had a plan that worked on that first visit and that was to get up and out ahead of the crowds, nip back to town for some lunch and then the afternoon in the pool. It worked before and we couldn't see any reason to change it, so that's what we did.
First up was our favourite from before Ta Prohm. This is the 'Tomb Raider' one, where the jungle has half eaten the ruins. Despite turning up early (about 8 A.M., so not that early!), it was not the peaceful place it was before. It wasn't too busy but we had failed to beat the first of the tour groups and I have to say I loath tour groups and in particular, Chinese tour groups. They are noisy, spend hours taking pointless pictures of themselves (with bunny rabbit ears) and block the view of everyone else as they go around in their group of 20 oblivious to anyone else. However the ruins were still very nice just not as quiet as I remembered it.
This will be a blog about my latest shots and what I liked or was trying to do with them
I am a teacher of Economics and have worked in various schools in Europe & Asia. One of the things I love doing is getting out and about with my camera.