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As magnificent as it is, Angkor Wat was my 3rd favourite temple in that area, my favourites were Ta Prohm and Bayon. While Angkor can appear more incredible then any other in photo and diagram, actually walking around the other temples made them seem much nicer than Angkor Wat. Bayon and Ta Prohm have more of a special character that you only experience if you walk through them.
I cant beleive the totalitarian Khmer Rouge government spent so much time destroying the temple ruins in the Angkor Province. If you go to these places, you can see temples like this one with huge areas of carvings and statues chiselled off and destroyed. Cambodia is one hell of a country to visit, such incredibly awe inspiring and mystifying ancient history contrasted by the recent history of one of the worst genocides the world has ever seen.