Big Ancient Temples via Bike
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To start the day, we packed-up all of our things in anticipation of moving to a new guest house or at least a different room. After talking to the lady at the guest house and looking at a room with a worse fan, Arum agreed to stay where we are as long as they clean the room (especially the toilet). We had breakfast of fried rice and noodles with tea. We got our bikes from our guest house that we asked for the last night. They turned out to be alright but not the best. The bikes were pink and blue but I ended up using the pink bike since the seat on the blue bike was tilted really far up in the front, which I didn't like. The brakes on the pink bike didn't really work but it was ok.
We rode to the Angkor temples and bought our $20 day passes.
On the outside of the bottom of the temple is a series of bas relief carvings that were pretty neat. A whole ton of carved figures all around the bottom. After circling it, we climbed up the first flight of 'stairs.' All of the temples today had stairs that were so steep that sometimes they were more like a rugged rock wall. The temple had three levels that you kept climbing up and some beehive structures on the very top. It was impressive since the whole thing was so massive. After Angkor Wat, Steve went up a really steep hill to a temple on top where you could oversee the whole area. Arum didn't want to climb all the way up so she waited.
Then, we went to Angkor Thom, which was a big city enclosed by a wall.
Arum had to go to the bathroom so after finding out they put the bathroom ridiculously far from the main attraction, we biked to it. Then we had lunch and upon walking near the restaurant area, three people with menus came running at us. Arum couldn't decide between the three menus while the employees competited for our business by lowering their prices and offering us free fruit with our lunch.
After lunch, we went to another temple in Angkor Thom. Except for one side, it had ridiculously steep steps, which were an adventure to climb. We rode our bikes around looking for what was labeled the 'Royal Palace' on the map but didn't really find anything. We left Angkor Thom and went to another tall temple that had almost no detail in it and climbed to the top.
Finally, we got to the last of the three most popular temples. It has not been reconstructed and the forest is not cleared away from the temple. There were a lot of trees growing on the temple in crazy ways that you wouldn't think was possible. Apparently 'Tomb Raider' the movie filmed at that temple. We went to a similar temple but it started to rain. Our long bike ride back to our hotel was an adventure since it was raining most of the way.
We returned our bikes at our guest house and changed. We had dinner and used the internet. Then, it was time for bed.