On my way back to the US there was a front page story in the International Herald Tribune on Pol Pot era canals being revived in Cambodia. Since then I’ve been thinking about canals and irrigation (I know, I know – who hasn’t?). If you’ve been thinking about canals too, you can read more after the jump.
Above: An ancient (maybe?) canal near Banteay Chhmar temple in Banteay Meanchey province.
I’m having so much fun checking out old photos of Cambodia from Life magazine that are now available via Google.
Above: The Royal Palace in 1952
Below: The same area now via Google Earth
Below: The moat around Angkor Thom
Below: Back in the 50s there were Royal elephants associted with the Royal Palace. Now Sam Bo is all that is left of the elephants in PP.
Below: This is from a US AID trip to Camobdia. Year?
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The last stop on the Paul and Alison tour of fun was Siem Reap and Angkor Archaeological Park. In Siem Reap we stayed at my favorite guest house – Two Dragons. This was Paul’s first time visiting Angkor but my second (my first visit was in 2005). In order to keep things a bit more interesting I thought I’d share some photos from my first visit and most recent to show how things have changed in just a few short years. I also wanted to share some photos from the rehabilitation work being done at some of the temples in the park. Check them out when you click Keep reading!
The happy couple at Ta Prohm