We exited the Angkor complex later that morning and emerged to the scene of bridemaids resting in the shade of the outer walls while impeccably adorned Thai brides were photographed with parasols by the outer moat.
I have been dreaming about visiting Angkor Wat in Cambodia for several years - especially since hiking 5 days to see Machu Picchu in Peru. I also celebrated the realization that I have now been to 5 of the 7 voted wonders of the world The Taj (India), Pyramids (Egypt), Macchu (Peru), Petra (Jordon) and now Angkor (Cambodia) - and greatly look forward to my trip to China for the great wall :)
The temples that I liked best were ones that were being both destroyed and held together by the massive roots of Spung trees. The most massive and elegant example of this is Ta Prohm. Below is the main entrance with the hugs smiling face characteristic of the major works created under Khmer King Jayavarman VII in the late 12th century.
Cat in backbend during walk about in Angkor Wat.
One of the smaller and more ruined temples we visited
Here is a massive pool built for a Khmer King kept full by an underground spring. Incredible.