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