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Major ceremonial chamber in Angkor Wat, the largest religious structure in the world and considered the eighth wonder of the world. This was shot with a wide-angle lens because it was so massive (and I still couldn't capture the entire thing.)

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A shot of the mirroring chamber. If I recall correctly these chambers were used in the filming of Tomb Raider (one of the bars in nearby Siem Reap is notorious for having been the after-hours hangout spot of Angelina Jolie and the crew.)

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Part of a massive relief carved into a wall in Angkor's outer wall. This particular scene was one of tens of thousands around the complex, and depicts a Khmer war horse.

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Intricate stone inscriptions like this one were commonplace (but no less astounding for it.) These designs have lasted eight hundred years, a testament both to the quality of the original work and the skill of modern archeologists working to restore the temple to its original glory.

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The front of Angkor Wat as viewed through central columns on the upper prangs of the temple.

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Unrestricted view of Angkor from the same spot as before. The massive outer wall is visible in the distance; a tremendous moat wraps the temple just beyond it.

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The classical view of Angkor: three distinct prangs justting skyward, tribute to premodern Khmer glory.

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Smaller temple sits just behind Angkor wat. This particular one was filled with probiscus monkeys.

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Restored wall with intricate reliefs in Angkor's main courtyard.

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Buddhist monks stream up the main walkway to visit Angkor Wat.

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Probiscus monkey watches me intently - humans are by no means a new encounter for him, but I am still a subject of interest.

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Massive temple structure at Bayon, home of the famous Faces of Bayon.

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One of Bayon's stone faces as viewed from an interior corridor.

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These massive monoliths depict then-king Jayavarman VII and have weathered the test of time well.

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Sunlight streams through a hole in the central prang of Bayon's ruins.

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where are the hookers?

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The skulls of 8,000 men, women, and children lay in their final resting place in a 13-story-tall memorial tower. They were victims of Cambodia's infamous Khmer Rouge, excavated from mass graves in what is now known as the Killing Fields of Cheoung Ek.

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Victims' bones and the ragged remains of the clothing they wore are still visible through eroded dirt on the main walkways of the fields.

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At Cheoung Ek's internment center every victim to be slaughtered was dilligently photographed and documented. Fear is plain in the faces of the doomed - a chilling testament to the brutality of the Khmer Rouge.

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New life sprouts amid tragedy at the Killing Fields. Vibrant beauty stands in stark contrast to the horrors of the history recorded here.

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...thats all for now. I'm headed off to Singapore in a few hours, I'll post pictures of it and Vietnam in a few days.

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incredible photos... forces me to rethink some of the travels I intend to make in the near future..

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i've always wanted to visit cambodia. those places look incredible.

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I am totally loving your pics.

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Those pics are amazing, thanks!!!

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You're a lucky man.

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Great pics.

Thanks for sharing.

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Aliens built that, btw

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