Angkor Temple Sunset trip
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Today was earmarked for taking it easy after having got up in the middle of the night to go and see the sunrise. We rolled out of bed just in time to be able to call our food breakfast and not lunch and were served the worst coffee we've ever drunk by our guesthouse. A stroll into town and a bit of internet use later we managed to squeeze a proper lunch in at our favourite local place but were let down by our menu choices a bit. We still love you Khmer Kitchen. We headed back to our hotel for a swim and a coconut shake for Adam and Banana one for Steph (sans milk of course). A swim and relax later we had almost forgotten we'd arranged for Jackie Chan our tuk tuk driver to pick us up to watch the sunset over the temples. We went to see a couple other bits first, starting with the Leper King terrace which has an inner and outer walls with the inner wall having some of the best carvings yet as they were only excavated fairly recently.
Phnom Bakheng was already crowded at 4.30 when we arrived and a long and sweaty climb up the hill over some very dodgy terrain finally led us to the temple at the top. There were obviously limited prime seated spots and we were lucky enough to get great spots. As the place filled up more and more pushing and encroaching on staked out positions was going on and some of the elder tour groups were getting very tetchy.
By the time we got back we just about had time for a shower and a beer in our room while we were getting ready before it was time for dinner. We went back to the Soup Dragon and our dishes, whilst delicious, came one at a time about 20 minutes apart. That's no way to enjoy a meal which was a bit of a shame to end the day on.