Stunning Angkor Wat

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At the Red Piano bar - we just missed Angelina Jolie!

So finally we arrive in Siem Reap, home of Angkor Wat. From the outste this was the part of the trip I had been looking forward to the most.

Before we hit the temples, we had time to check out Siem Reap for the evening. I was actually pleasnatly suprised by this town. They have some really nice bars and restraurants here. Dinner was at the Red Piano, made famous by Tomb Raider - unfortunately there was no sign of Lara Croft!! Did get to sample a few "Tomb Raider" cocktails though..

Next morning it's up at 5 am for sunrise at Angkor Wat. This was very impressive, but maybe not quite as mind-blowing as I was expecting. Maybe I'd just built it up too m uch in my mind - as with Grand Canyon & Niagra Falls - but it was still stunning.

Sunrise at Angkor Wat
The only problem was trying to get a decent spot amongst the 10,000 or so tourists..

Fortunately once the sun comesw up, most head for breakfast leaving the Wat fairly empty for exploring. Next up, we visit Angkor Thom. I loved the Bayon's smiling heads - so impressive! After a break for lunch and some well needed shade, we visit Ta Prohm - the jungle temple of Tomb Raider. This one really is impressive. those huge trees add so much atmosphere to the place!

Finally we head to Pru Rep for sunset - this temple isn't so well known, but it does offer a very nice sunset away from the crowds.. All round a very good day.

Next day, we visit Preah Khan before heading to Tonle Sap lake. This offers a great contrast to the Temples.

Inside Angkor Wat
You really get a feel for the poverty of the area. Visited floating villages and got a taste of the 'real' Cambodia. It still amazes me how happy prople look who have no money at all - guess it's not everything!

Our guide for these two days was Mr Chai - he was so passionate and really informative. Also very outspoken about different countries. It was very amusing hearing his tirades against the French, Koreans, hell just about anyone!!

So as I write this, my trip is basically over. Tomorrow I have a long drive back to Bangkok, where I plan on going to some Thai Boxing then depart for London the next day. I have to admit, I'm now feeling it. I'm used to 21 - 24 day trips and it's amazign  how much harder a 28 day trip is...

Anyway, will save my summary until Bangkok..

Till next time

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At the Red Piano bar - we just mis…
At the Red Piano bar - we just mi…
Sunrise at Angkor Wat
Sunrise at Angkor Wat
Inside Angkor Wat
Inside Angkor Wat
The Bayon, Angkor Thom
The Bayon, Angkor Thom
Ta Prohm - made famous by Tomb Rai…
Ta Prohm - made famous by Tomb Ra…
Sunset at Pru Rehp - nice and peac…
Sunset at Pru Rehp - nice and pea…
Floating Villages on the Tonle Sap
Floating Villages on the Tonle Sap
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