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Thursday, 31 July 2014

My Cham Temple-City in Ratanakiri, Cambodia

By Adam Bray 

While in Ratanakiri (northeastern Cambodia) on assignment last month, I took a day off and asked me guide to show me some things that were "off the radar." I told him that I was especially interested in ancient temple complexes. My guide consulted an elder Jarai man who told him that he knew about a dozen undocumented temple ruins spread around the province. Delighted, we asked him to tell us how to get to the one closest to town. "Closest" turned out to be a few hours away, and deep in thejungle.

The complex was massive, with an enormous earthen rampart (citadel wall) and elevated road leading up to it. The walls were nearly 7m (20+ feet high above the jungle floor). Here we are walking on top the wall, with a drop-off on either side.

Inside the walls was an enormous moat system, shown here with trees that don't mind their roots a bit wet, growing in the middle. Read the full article and see more beautiful pictures at Fish Egg Tree.

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