After 30 Horus of travelling from Ko Samui we finally arrived in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Crossing the border was an experience in its self as well all the dodgey visa arrangements before hand. (We had out passports returned to us by a guy on a moped driving along side the bus)
After all that travelling our first day in Siem Reap was a bit of a chilled one. We went around the town to look at a few of the statues and had a nice walk along side the river.
We then headed to the museum however there is no photos allowed but it gave us a good background for when we go to Angkor Wat and the other temples tomorrow. In the evening we headed out to the night markets, this town really comes alive at night and the nightlife was great. They have a street called ‘Pub Street’ full of.. you guessed it… pubs!
We decided to get tea on this street and it was great to have a nice pizza and spa bol which was just as good as we normally have at home.
Now the next two days we kind of went temple crazy, 9 temples in 2 days, safe to say I don’t need to see any more temples for the next few weeks if possible.
The first two temples we went were Pre Rup and East Mebon. They were both Hindu temples built nearly over 1000 years ago and it was great walking around all the ruins of the temples. I also think it was good that we had been the museum the day before to get a bit of background of the temples.
Next up was Ta Som and Neak Poan Temples, these were the buddhist temples. My favourite was Neak Poan as it was set in a lake and the grounds around it were beautiful.
And the last temple for the day was Preah Khan.
The next day we were up at 4:30 ready to go and watch the sunrise at Angkor Wat. It was really nice to watch the sunrise behind the temple and the lake, but I think I’m more of a sunset kind of person.
After watching the sunrise we headed into the temple to have a look around and take photos. It was really busy here and you can tell that this is one of the more popular temples to go to. The temple and the ground were huge and it took us a good hour or so to see it all.
Afterwards we went to Baton and Ta Keo Temples, by this point it had really started to get warm and me and Dave started to realise how unfit/old we are when we were struggling to walk around.
Last stop on the temple tour was Ta Prohm, which is where they filmed tomb raider, Dave was gutted as there was no Angelina Jolie there. Sorry Dave. I really liked how nature had taken over at this temple and there were so many huge trees and roots covering the ruins.
Ive really enjoyed this part of Cambodia, the temples haver been a really nice change as parts of Thailand and Bali had started to get very ‘samey’. Now off to the next part of Cambodia!