The vast temple ruins of Angkor in mid-June 1994 were a weird and dangerous place.
Back then Khmer Rouge guerrillas were active in the area as peace talks had broken-down. During this time, 7 foreigners were targeted and killed across Cambodia, including an American woman in the outer temples of Banteay Srei.
The temples were empty and silent; even a little spooky, just the sounds of monsoonal rain, and birds, and occasional gunfire. Parts of the temples were mined and soldiers, checkpoints, tanks abound as decades of war surrounded the temples, and in the hills were the Khmer Rouge. It was a crazy time (and a book of short stories will cover this time in detail).
Revisiting again in 2008, the nearby town of Siem Reap had mushroomed into mega-tourist hotspot and temples were very crowded across Khmer New Year. Returning again in 2016 with my GF – Wei, her totally new to travel beyond China, it was a fun, romantic, beer-soaked day of stunning temples amid blistering heat.
(NOTE: There are dozens of temples around the Angkor area and this is only tease of the images possible. Another post may follow of the then and now comparison).
Travels in Cambodia – 2016