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Rather than returning to town for breakfast, like the majority of the dawn crowds, we scarfed down our picnic and went on in to the temple building itself.

Angkor Wat is monumental. In comparison to so many other temples in the area, it’s in very good condition, so oddly enough the hallways can seem a little echoey and austere, rather than atmospheric.

The architectural achievement stands very tall and proud, nevertheless, with those iconically shaped towers rising over the vast, richly green, parklands. It’s a remarkable place, especially when the crowds are down to a minimum.

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