Angkor Wat Cambodia

Odar Meanchey Province, situated between Banteay Meanchey and Preah Vihear Provice is probably the most overlooked province in Cambodia when it comes to Tourism, however it has very distict places in Cambodia's history. In Ancient times, it was the main Angkorian Route from Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, to Phi Mai, in Nakon Rachasima Province in Thailand. What is significant about this is not the construction of temples, but rather Jayavarman 7 vision to ensure passage by constructing bridges. the number of bridges .Dharmasalas (a religious resting place) and Trapeangs (pools for elephants) were contructed along the way. Read more from our Isaan page.  Oddar Meanchey was heavily mined by the Vietnamese during the Khmer Rouge to keep Thailand from invading, and consequently more mines were placed by the Khmer Rouge as they were driven north. Anlong Veng is where Pol Pot's house is located as well as his grave.

Demining In Odar Meanchey

CLEARING A MINE FIELD

This trip would not have been possible with out the likes of CMAC, MAG, Halo Trust and others. We have great appreciation for their efforts.

 

Ancient Khmer Bridge

SPOT THE BRIDGE

Like a reef in the ocean, this land reef is an Ankorian Bridge. A local guide gave us our money's worth.

 

Ancient Khmer Bridge

THE NORTHERN MOST OF 6 BRIDGES FROM CHONG KAL TO TA PEN

The second has been buried as water flows changed over the years.

 

Darmasala near Ta Pen

DARMASALA IN THE JUNGLE

Prasat and Trapeang

DARMASALA IN THE JUNGLE

Adjacent to the Darmasala is a trapeang

Ancient Khmer Bridge

THE 3rd BRIDGE   COLLAPSED AND STILL FUNTIONING

Ancient Khmer Bridge

WEST SIDE OF THE 4th BRIDGE   UNKNOWN IF EROSION OR WAR DAMAGE

 

 Ancient Khmer Bridge

EAST SIDE OF THE 4th BRIDGE

Ancient Cambodian Bridge

THE 5th BRIDGE WITH HEAVIER CONSTRUCTION

          

Prasat Angkor Darmasala

PRASAT PROM KEL ALSO KNOWN AS PRASAT ANGKOR LIKE MANY OTHERS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY

Prasat Prom Kel                  Looking out of Prasat Angkor

PRASAT PROM KEL JUST OFF THE WEST SIDE OF THE ROAD BETWEEN KRALAHN AND SAMRONG JUST NORTH OF CHONG KAL

 

Roadside stand

    SMALL ROADSIDE STAND NEAR CHONG KAL

 

SPEAN O'JEEIT

Ancient Khmer Bridge             Ancient Khmer Bridge

A VIEW OFF THE EDGE OF THIS 100 METER BRIDGE                YOU DON'T EVEN REALIZE YOU ARE ON THE BRIDGE

 

Ancient Khmer Bridge

MASSIVE TALL COLUMNS TO ENDURE HIGH SEASONAL WATER LEVELS

 

Ancient Khmer Bridge            Ancient Khmer Bridge

THE WATERS RISE NEAR THE TOP NOTE THE COLORS IN THE STONES

 

 

Trapeang Prasat

TRAPEANG PRASATON THE EAST SIDE OF THE PROVINCE BETWEEN ANLONG VENG AND PREAH VIHEAR

 

Prasat Tai Yote Trapeang Prasat              Trapeang Prasat

LOCATED 500 METERS NORTH OF THE MAIN ROAD THROUGH TOWN PRASAT TAI YOTE SITS IN FRONT OF A WAT

 

3 Towers of Tai Yote

PRASAT TAI YOTE

Artifacts at Tai Yote                Artifacts at Tai Yote

ARTIFACTS ON THE GROUND AT PRASAT TAI YOTE

 

Monks                Stolen Statue

MONKS HEADING TO THE WAT AND REMANTS OF A STOLEN STATUE AT PRASAT TAI YOTE

 

Osmach

CHILDREN IN OSMACH WHERE MOST OF THE POPULATION WAS  REPATRIATIED FROM THAILAND WHEN THE KR FELL

   

Pol Pot Grave

POL POTS GRAVE NORTH OF ANLONG VENG NEAR THE THAI BORDER

 

Pol Pot house

POL POTS HOUSE NORTH OF ANLONG VENG NEAR THE THAI BORDER

 

Snakes in the Half Shell      Baby Snakes

SNAKES IN THE HALF SHELL ALONG THE NORTHERN ROUTE

 

Anlong Veng

LAKE IN ANLONG VENG

 

Anlong Veng Sunrise

SUNRISE IN ANLONG VENG

 

 

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