Today I explored many of the sights in and around Hampi. This structure, believe it or not, was once an elephant stables. The eleven royal elephants were housed here, with the most important one in the centre.
Today I visted Chapora Fort. Originally built by Adilshah in the 16th Century it was captured and re-built by the Portugese. The remaining ruins are what is left from the Portugese fort. There are wonderful views to the beaches north and south of the fort and it’s a great spot to watch the sunset.
Today I transferred bus in the city of Hue. I had just 5 hours so hired a moto and went on some speed-sightseeing. We visited the Tu Doc Royal tombs, the Thien Mu Padoga (temple) and the ancient Citadel.
This image is from the Tu Doc tombs.
I spent today exploring the magnificent Temples of Angkor here in Cambodia. There are numerous sites around the area, including the famous Angkor Wat, the fortified city of Angkor Thom, the ruins of Ta Prohm and numerous others besides.
Most of the sites have been cleared and carefully restored, but Ta Prohm (in the photo) has been left with impassable corridors, piles of ruined carvings and trees growing under and over the stuctures.
Today I visited the largest Khmer temples in Thailand. Built about a century before the temples of Angkor Wat it is thought these may have been a, much smaller, model for Angkor.
Although not as impressive as the temples of Tikal, the ruins of Copan are rich with stone carvings. In particular, the Hieroglyphic Stairway.
Having reached Guatemala, I got up at 5am to visit the ancient Mayan ruins of Tikal. I went straight the Temple IV (the tallest temple) and have breakfast with this view.