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The ruins of Angkor from across the moat

Angkor Wat was really more of a fortress than it was a temple.

 

There is a massive moat that encircles the complex. I can only imagine how long it took peasants to dig a thousand years ago. I also wonder how they all drank fresh water back then. I know I couldn't go more than 10 minutes walking around the area without needing a drink. The massive heat, humidity, and standing water was a perfect recipe for cavalcade of bacteria to rise up and fight back. I don't suppose they all boiled their water. Maybe everyone was just more hardy back then... Luckily, when I was there, there were plenty of little children running around selling me bottled water. Which, upon further reflection, I probably should not have drank.

 

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Taken on June 1, 2007