This is the main reason why everyone comes to Siem Reap and to Cambodia in general. The legendary Angkor temple complex… I hope that the photos will reveal at least a fraction of how majestic the temples feel but also how relentless time is and how intrusive the nature… In a way I am also lucky to be here at this particular moment – the crowds are smaller due to coronavirus…

Practical tip: tourist centre where you purchase entrance tickets is way away from any entrance – better think about it, especially if you are planning a one day visit only. Btw, one day is just enough to see all the temples if you are moving around by bicycle.

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Oto i główny cel, dla którego przyjeżdża się do Siem Reap i w ogóle do Kambodży. Legendarny kompleks świątyń dawnego imperium Angkor… Mam nadzieję, że zdjęcia, choćby w minimalnym stopniu, oddadzą majestatyczność…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9UPf4JLmmk

80 kilometres north from Bangkok, only 2 hours away by train (+scheduled delay), this is the former capital city, ransacked by Burmese army in 1767. And ever since the city has not recovered. Though quite big in size, Ayutthaya feels very provincial and tourist come here mostly to see the ruins of former Siam capital. One of the tourists also arrives here to sped the New Year’s Eve. And – accidentally – gets invited to a neighbourhood party. Though our communication options are quite limited, me and my hosts go along very well, especially when it comes to tasting local whisky and snacks. We watch artistic-karaoke performances taking place on the stage put up together by neighbours – the folk-pop tunes make us drown into nostalgia, the state that I have to get out of in order to make it back to my hostel (B.J’s, 120 baht a for a room). The host wants to offer…