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Angkor: Cambodia's Wondrous Khmer Temples (Odyssey Angkor) Paperback – 1 Apr 2011

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Product details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Odyssey Publications,Hong Kong; 6th edition edition (1 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9622178022
  • ISBN-13: 978-9622178021
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 3.3 x 20.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 562,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...The best guide is Dawn Rooney's Angkor..." - The Telegraph (UK) "...Don't leave home without Angkor by Dawn Rooney..." - San Francisco Chronicle "...An excellent guide, well-written, with beautiful photographs..." - The New York Times"

About the Author

American-born Dawn Rooney has spent many years researching art history in Southeast Asia. Awarded a PhD in art history in 1983, she has contributed to Oriental Art and other journals and is the author of nine books on the region's art and culture including Khmer Ceramics, Angkor Observed, Betel Chewing Traditions in Southeast Asia, Thai Buddhas, Ancient Sukhotha (Thailand's Cultural Heritage), and Khmer Ceramics, Beauty and Meaning (2010). She is an advisor to the Society for Asian Art at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, and in 2009 she was appointed to the Board of Directors for The Center for Khmer Studies in Siem Reap. Rooney resides in Bangkok, which has served as her research base for the past three decades. She has made more than 100 trips to Angkor.

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Good coverage of the temples.
Not massively in depth, but a *lot* more in depth than you get with a Lonely Planet or equivalent.
I would have been lost without it, but wished I had got some more academic books as well.
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This is an update of an older version. Dawn Rooney writes very well and her book is a guided tour in itself. Also an excellent read once you are home
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The best guide to Angkor and you get the bonus of a brief look at Siam Reap too. Maybe no other guide needed for this part of Cambodia?
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Much the best guide to Angkor and ideal to have with you as you go round the archaeological park. Better and better with each new edition
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x942c4990) out of 5 stars 19 reviews
29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x942c4ec4) out of 5 stars The bible for any visit to the temples...plus the best restaurant tips 14 Feb. 2012
By The Global Wanderer - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is one of the best travel guides I have ever had in my hands (full disclosure: I am a fanatic when it comes to ancient cultures, something not every reader will share). Where to start? Rooney, a PhD in art history, offers a detailed description of all major and minor temples, suggested paths to explore them, and fascinating background info. Each temple is shown in a photograph, a drawn map is provided, and all relevant info given in a concise way (i.e., time built, period, king, religion). This is not your typical Lonely Planet or Rough Guide. This is a thick, heavy book for those interested in diving into the culture and history of one of the wonders of the world. When my girlfriend and I spent 7 days in Siam Reap, we relied on this book to select the sites most interesting to us. The author groups temples in half-day visits in order to allow the visitor to plan her time better - a very smart approach as most people are overwhelmed by the sheer number of possible temples and regrettably just follow the standard tourist routes (Small and Grand Tour Circuit). With Rooney's book in your hands, you don't need a human guide anymore, just a tuktuk driver or a rented mountain bike to carry you around.
The book offers so much more, though. While probably designed as an after-thought, Rooney provides hotel and restaurant recommendations for both Siam Reap and Phnom-Penh. We found them to be more accurate than a second travel guide on Cambodia that we had brought along. We also have to credit Rooney to encourage us to visit the wonderful capital of Phnom Penh and its spectacular National Museum BEFORE heading out to the temples. There was no better introduction into the Khmer life than wandering through the museum in Phom Penh.
Most visitors come only once in their life to Siam Reap to explore the temples. Most regret spending only a few days there. If you are blessed to be able to visit the temples, do it right - take Rooney's guide with you in order to really get your arms around the Khmer culture and explore exciting smaller temples many tourist fail to visit.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x94e55360) out of 5 stars Amazing Guide to Angkor Temples 19 Jun. 2012
By Brazil Solo Traveler - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this guide for a trip to Cambodia based on reviews online. I'm a very picky person, so this was a leap of faith to me.
It was the best choice i ever made. This guide is amazingly detailed.
You feel like you're in Angkor temples. The book provides several step-by-step tour guides to you.
It provides tons of information and talks about all Angkor temples, even the ones on the off beaten track.
It almost don't require a tour guide.

If you are in doubt in which guide to buy, this guide should be your choice.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x94e55588) out of 5 stars Ultimate traveler's guide to Angkor Wat. 4 Jun. 2014
By Edith - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is everything you need to know to visit Angkor Wat. The format is easy to use with background, history, important things to know and exceptional coverage of everything to see in the entire area. It has fantastic maps and diagrams, directions and tips. Do not leave home without it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9358d06c) out of 5 stars Excellent !!! 20 Jan. 2013
By Trudie O Bryant - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very detailed read about the temples in and around Siem Reap Cambodia. While visiting the temples, the sheer number of temples were overwhelming and the information was lost on me. This book gave me detailed information to enjoy. This is an excellent book to read before going to Angkor Wat, read after going, OR simply to read at home about the beauty and splendor of Cambodia - truly a lost nation. The people were amazing and so friendly. I'd recommend the book and highly recommend a visit there.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95e993c0) out of 5 stars Chock Full of Information 27 Oct. 2012
By Nancy Crays - Published on Amazon.com
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I haven't been to Angkor yet, but this book is full of so much information that I'm sure will be helpful. I haven't had time to read the whole book, but I did read about the temples that I know we'll be visiting on our tour. It includes maps and beautiful photos of the temples. It tells the reader of things to look for and their history and importance. I found the history and geography of the area to be quite helpful.

The trade off for this detailed information is that it is a large heavy book and I'm not sure we'll take it on our tour. I won't, as I'll be carrying my camera gear, but my husband is considering taking it.

I do believe this book will be helpful when we return and I'm sorting through my photos and trying to remember what is where and why.
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