Angkor Temples - Further a field
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People i met here, who contributed to and improved my trip: Juliana (Russia), Jim (England)
Day 3 was a 4.30am start to go and see the sunrise at Angkor Wat. I was slightly disappointed to see countless other tuk tuks making their way there, hoping people would be too lazy to bother! We arrived and carefully made our way down the causeway and into the temple grounds. We managed to find a prime spot, with Angkor Wats reflection, perfect in the small pond in front of us. Time ticked by and people became a little restless as in dawned on us (pun intended) that the sun was already in the sky and behind a load of clouds. By 6.30am people began to disperse, but we did manage to see a pretty snake, which cheered me up somewhat and added to the 'animals of Angkor' checklist!
Our next mission was to embark on an hour long tuk tuk ride along some bumpy roads to Banteay Srei.
On the way back to Siem Reap we got the driver to detour via Banteay Samre, which really impressed me with its symmetrical design and once again looked like no other temple we had previously seen.
We arrived back into Siem Reap and took a much needed nap before heading back to the Angkor ruins to witness sunset from Phnom Bakheng. At the summit you could see distant views of Angkor Wat and the changing colours really impressed, as the sun sank over the horizon. We descended from the hilltop ruins and circled the moat around Angkor Wat to finish a truly memorable 3 days, at a destination that should be top of any travellers wish list.