Stunning Angkor Wat
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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.
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.
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