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2004-04-02 22:08:00

I arrived back in Bangkok or Krung Thep as the Thailand people call the city at about 7:00 am and took a taxi to the Sawasdee Inn. I guess I am a creature of habit as I have only stayed in this Hotel. I did stay in the Peachy one time, it is cheaper but noisier, and I am getting too old to deal with the noise to save a dollar. I do sort of like the people that live in that hotel better, but the Sawasdee INN has a color TV and movies downstairs. Sawasdee is cleaner also for the 180 Baht I pay.


I will go see an archeology site called Angkor Wat; I will do my best to try to spell it correctly. It is a 12th century construction as best I can tell and this would make it old enough for me to care. I like Hampi in India, but it was really a modern construction, and not really much in the way of innovation of construction. The Incas just had a big pile of rocks. The Mayans so far with Tikal is the most stupendous construction for the age and time, I have ever seen. Rocks as big as houses pile as high a 7 story buildings. I am told that Angkor Wat is pretty spectacular. It is the right age to get my attention. The pyramids in Egypt are very old and will probably be great.


1200 AD


(1) 1200 BC to 200 AD built Temples and ended around 900 AD

Mayan - Meso-American Indians occupying a nearly continuous territory in southern Mexico, Guatemala, and northern Belize.


1200 AD to after 1500 AD when the Spanish destroyed a lot.


2500 BC

(1) three 4th-dynasty (c. 2575–c. 2465 BC) pyramids erected on a rocky plateau on the west bank of the Nile River near Al-JYzah (Giza), northern Egypt; in ancient times they were included among the Seven Wonders of the World. The ancient ruins of the Memphis area, including the Pyramids of Giza, ˜aqq(rah, Dahsh¨r, Ab¨ Ruwaysh, and Ab¨ ˜Yr, were collectively designated a World Heritage site in 1979.

The date, time, construction methods, and just plain how difficult for the terrain and available stones are a factor in my opinions.