Angkor Road

Photography & Publishing Project


THE ANGKOR ROAD - Website & Book Photography Project 

The Angkor Empire stretched from present day Vietnam to Myanmar and Northern Thailand to Malaysia. I have been working on the Angkor Road website & book project for more than 15 years. To find out how you can join this publishing project and see your photos (and full bio)  on (and to be included in the printed book) please contact George Mann

My first exposure to Cambodia was in 1979, working on a book project and various photo assignments for the UNHCR.

June 26, 1980 Vietnamese incursion at Nong Chan Refugee Camp - my legal name is George Lienemann

On June 23, 1980 about 200 Vietnamese soldiers attacked Mak Mun and Nong Chan, forcing hundreds of refugees back into Kampuchea and executing hundreds more who resisted. Khmer soldiers at Nong Chan put up a vigorous defense, but some 400 refugees were killed and another 458 were treated at Khao-I-Dang hospital. Nong Chan was later recaptured by Thai forces after the Vietnamese withdrew on June 24. Many refugees moved to the nearby Nong Samet Refugee Camp. On June 26 Robert Ashe, Dr. Pierre Perrin (ICRC Medical Coordinator) and two journalists (George Lienemann and Richard Franken) were captured by the Vietnamese and marched about 25 kilometers inside Kampuchea through torrential rain and with no shelter at night. Ashe later noted, "It was the first holiday I'd had in six months." Arriving in the Cambodian town of Nimitt he was interrogated by a Vietnamese officer as to whether food aid was going to anticommunist guerrillas, and after four days they were freed and allowed to walk over the bridge at the border back into Thailand..

During the years that Vietnam controlled Cambodia I was not allowed to return, but in the last 15 years I have made many trips back to Siem Reap, Phnom Penh and many more remote areas.

1st Stage - Angkor Road Book Project Website -

Adding participating photographers galleries to the website -

My goal is to have 100 photographers join this project. Amateur, Enthusiast and professionals are all welcome.

Each participating photographer will receive his own permanent gallery page - 20 images (Angkor related only) and a bio with links

A 20 image gallery page is available for a one time fee of US$100 and will remain online permanently.

PayPal URL - - the recipient is George Lienemann (my legal name) -

Please also send me an email for instructions on sending the images and your bio (and website links) for the gallery page.

Photographers can also elect to join me on specific expeditions to remote areas of the Khmer Empire, to produce images needed for the final book production. Please contact George Mann for more information.

Contributions, commercial sponsors, and paid participation in this project are all very welcome

The Book Printing Stage of this project will be expensive, so please contact me if you are willing to participate in this stage of the project. I worked in the print production business for many years and have very good contacts with publishers (in Asia, Europe and the USA) but they are not very generous these days, most of the cost of producing and printing a high quality book has to be financed through commercial and private sponsors. So please contact me if you can be of any help.

All financial contributors will be listed (unless you wish to remain anonymous) on the sponsors page of both the website and the final book production.

Any amount will be appreciated - copies of the final book will be provided for donors above US$50.

A US$50 contribution would be sent to - - the recipient is George Lienemann

Photographers can also elect to join George Mann on specific expeditions to remote areas of the Khmer Empire, to produce images needed for the final book production. The fee for those expeditions will depend upon the location and number of days. Please contact George Mann for more information.

Donors who are not photographers can also elect to join George Mann on an expedition to remote Angkor Empire locations. The fee for those expeditions will depend upon the location and number of days. Please contact George Mann for more information.

Angkor Road Photo Expeditions

Individual and Small Group Photography Workshops at Ancient Angkor Temple Sites in Cambodia, Laos and Thailand.

3 Country - 8 Day Angkor Road Expedition - Cambodia - Thailand - Laos

Click here to find out more about - Angkor Road - Photography Expeditions and Workshops

On the Road - Traveling to Angkor Wat

Bangkok to Siem Reap - by plane, train, bus, taxi, and by boat, are the choices. Although taking this trip by land can be a test of your patience and your love for all mankind, you will eventually get there. The flight out of Bangkok and arrival in Siem Reap is expensive, short, smooth and uneventful.

Exploring the top of the Angkor Thom City Wall

My bicycle on top of the Angkor Thom City Wall at the North Gate.

Link to Angkor Thom City

Link to Angkor Thom Photo Gallery

It is possible to travel along the top of the Angkor Thom City Wall by either walking or using a bicycle. Local people also use motorcycles, but since there are breaks in the wall (and you will have to either turn around or climb the break) this is not really recommended. The city is perfectly square and each side is 3 kilometres long so the total distance is 12 kilometres.

There are five Angkor Thom City Gates - South, North, East, West, and the Victory Gate which is also on the eastern wall of the city. At each Gate it is necessary to descend to the ground level and cross over to the other side of the Gate to continue the journey.

Angkor Thom, East Gate, Siem Reap
East Gate entrance to Angkor Thom - George Mann Photo - September 2014

There are also four Prasat Chrung (corner temples) at the four corners of the city. Since each one of the gates and corner temples are interesting places to stop (and photograph), the journey is easy (unless there is a new break in the wall) and enjoyable. Most of the breaks in the wall have detours that are fairly easy to navigate, but there are places where you will have to use either a makeshift bridge (walk your bike) or carry your bike down into and back out of a gully.

I strongly recommend that you make sure to carry an extra supply of water, and unless you feel very comfortable traveling alone in the jungle, a friend or two for company. I also recommend that you wear a hat, long pants and long sleeve shirt, because the trail is narrow and the bushes and trees are very persistent in their efforts to reclaim the jungle. Thorns of all sorts have a habit of coming at you from all directions.

Prasat Chrung - North-West

The South Gate, which is the closest to Angkor Wat and the first Gate that most visitors to Angkor Thom will see, it is also the best place from which to start exploring the City Wall.

The best place to start, is the path from the South Gate to the Prasat Chrung (currently being renovated) at the South-East corner of the City Wall - from there you can continue on to the East Gate (a short ride since it is in-between the South-East Prasat Chrung and the Victory Gate), and then either ride on the East Gate or ride west to the Bayon Temple.

To be continued ……………..