Photo: On the way to Angkor Borei.

Angkor Borei

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Looking at the dusty little town of Angkor Borei today it may be hard to believe that you are looking at one of the birthplaces of Khmer civilisation, but Angkor Borei served as the late Funanese capital from the fourth to sixth centuries.

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The earlier coastal ports, rich on trade between India and China, were dominated by ethnic Malay people so the gradual migration inland, culminating at Angkor, represented both a geographical and ethnic change. (Malays are traditionally seafaring and Khmers inland inhabitants.)

En route to Angkor Borei. Photo taken in or around Angkor Borei, Takeo, Cambodia by Mark Ord.

En route to Angkor Borei. Photo: Mark Ord

The site of Angkor Borei (the name means ancient city), strategically placed on the lip of the low ridge where the southern Delta meets the slightly raised Khmer Plateau, shows signs of earlier habitation, but is now generally accepted to be the late Funan capital of Vyadhapura. (Some historians do locate it farther north near Ba Phnom in Prey Veng province but ruins there are far less extensive and it makes little ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 400 words.)

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