Day 1 - Angkor Wat & Phnom Bakeng

Angkor Travel Blog

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On our first day, we took a tuk-tuk to Angkor at around 3pm. We went with a tuktuk driver who practically camps outside our hostel, a guy called Chat. We paid US$8 for the return trip.

We arrived at Angkor and immediately we were swarmed by locals selling drinks, postcards, coconuts, scarves, books etc etc. This soon became the norm. As we approached the bridge that leads to the temples, we heard someone shout "Simon!!"and saw our friends Jo and Steve who we first met way back in Borneo waving at us! So we joined them and their friends, a dutch couple, and walked along the long bridge across the wide moat and into the first part of the huge temples of Angkor. We were amazed at just how big the place is. It took a long time to walk around, through and in the temples, marvelling at the bas-reliefs on the gallery walls of part of the temple.

The famous tower domes were a bit shorter than I imagined, and unfortunately, part of the temples were under scaffolding and tenting but the view of the temples from in front of the lake really is quite something. We took several shots of the most popular postcard position.

We then went back to our tuktuks and made the short journey to Phnom Bakeng. We walked up the easy dirt path and then climbed up very steep and very worn steps to reach the temple perched at the top of the hill. From here we had a great view across the green landscape and to the temples of Angkor and beyond. The sun began to set and we enjoyed the views but descended before it went dark; negotiating the steep, slippery steps in flip flops is bad enough in the daylight!

That night back in Siem Reap, we met up with the gang for a drink (wll a bucket) at the Angkor What? bar. Great music, good atmosphere and cheap booze, these guys know how to pull in the crowds.

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Climbing the steep steps of Phnom …
Climbing the steep steps of Phnom…
Phnom Bakeng temple
Phnom Bakeng temple
photo by: ulysses