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Wats Up: There and Away

October 24, 2008 at 1:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

This week, we're all about Angkor.

There are plenty of options for traveling to and from Siem Reap. Most visitors arrive from either Bangkok or Phnom Penh. Each city provides hourly buses, daily boats and endless share taxis. Several airlines fly into Angkor's entry point daily, too. But every mode of transportation has its pros and cons.

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Wats Up: Facing the Poor

October 23, 2008 at 11:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

This week, we're all about Angkor.

Be prepared. Visitors to Angkor are confronted with great beauty and terrible ugliness. Indifference toward poverty occurs everywhere, but the contrast is even more stark in a city surrounded by a great world wonder and filled with foreign-owned, five-star resorts.

The ultimate irony of Angkor is that a thousand years ago, poor Khmers built the great temples they were never allowed to enter, and today they are essentially left out of Angkor's lucrative tourism industry.

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Wats Up: Assault Tactics

October 22, 2008 at 12:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

This week, we're all about Angkor.

The strategy for visiting the temples of Angkor comes down to this: Divide and conquer. Paying a thorough visit to each and every temple can take weeks, with dozens of structures within the main complex and dozens of other outliers dotted up to a two-hour drive from Angkor Wat.

Tackle the temples by breaking the area into regions, and hire a tuk tuk to take you to the temples in that area. For those with only one day to visit, after a morning at Angkor Wat, here's a breakdown of the highlights.

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Wats Up: Get Schooled on Angkor

October 21, 2008 at 12:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

This week, we're all about Angkor.

We're the kind of travelers who are loathe to admit we're tourists, but in the end, it's all semantics. When visiting Angkor Wat, Southeast Asia's tourism capital, it's better to embrace the moniker.

After purchasing the obligatory fanny pack, we suggest hiring a guide. No, really: It's impossible to fully understand the history and significance of the area's many ruins without one.

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Wats Up: Intro to Angkor

October 20, 2008 at 2:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

This summer, Cambodia enthusiast Tim Patterson shared his favorite spots in the country--but skipped Angkor Wat. The ancient temples overshadow Cambodia's many other assets, he argued.

True enough, but Angkor is world-renowned because it's pretty freaking incredible. Khmers have good reason to be proud of this heritage, and this week, we're laying out a guide to help you navigate the impressive and overwhelming network of temple ruins.

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