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To Siem Reap or not to Siem Reap?

The end of our wonderful journey was almost nigh and we started to wonder about visting Siem Reap the gateway to the Angkor temples. Did a pair of atheists really feel the need to see yet more temples? The long journey to the North West of Cambodia meant we would have less time in Vietnam and Bangkok, places we both loved. So, we’d taken to asking everyone we met what they would do? To Siem Reap or not to Siem Reap? That was the question. If you're reading this as a previous visitor to these temples in Cambodia, you'll know the answer everyone gave. I have to say I was sceptical. I mean, what was going to beat the pure beauty of Bhutan's buddhist stupas. Or ballooning over the temple-strewn plains of Bagan? Or the intricate carvings in the Jain temples in Jaisalmer. Or the mother of all shrines: The Flippin’ Taj Mahal? Well, thank goodness we ignored me and my atheist scepticism , and listened to everyone else. We were utterly blown away by this collection of