Angkor Temples are amazing!!!
Angkor Travel Blog› entry 26 of 34 › view all entries
August 11th, 2009 – by: jefrois
I arrive in Cambodia, and I have to get my Cambodian visa... If it wasn't robbery enough that I pay $25 usd for the visa, I now had to pay $10 extra because I didn't have any free pages in my passport left! I had to fill in a 'special request' to allow them to take my $10 and put the visa on an 'ammendment page'
When in Asia, if your hotel/hostel says you have a free pickup from the airport, it will probably be on a back of a motorbike lol
I land at Siem Reap airport and that is exactly what happens, a short Cambodian meets me at the gate and I ride on the back of his bike! I am kinda used to riding on the back of motorbikes after 4 weeks in again :)
My hotel was a bit out of the way from the others, on a side street.
We are on our way to the temples, 1st stop Bayon complex, you might have heard of it because it is the part of the main Angkor Thom complex that is home to temples with massive heads everywhere, symbolizing that you are always being watched i think!
It is so impressive here, Angkor Temples were discovered in the mid 1800's by the French and there are so many temples to see, one of them is Bayon.
After going through Bayon, getting up close with the many faces, we met up with your guide who took us to Angkor Thom. He dropped us off and stated to say where he would meet us. Unfortunately for us in the 3 minutes that he was babbling all we heard was 'blah blah blah elephant, blah blah bridge, blah blah' We nodded our heads and went exploring, only to make a wrong turn somewhere and get completely lost for a few hours. We finally find our way to the main road, and see find our driver... By the Bridge with the 3 Elephants, OH THAT IS WHAT YOU MEANT!!!
We make our way to Angkor Wat, for the sunset. Even though this main temple complex is the place where everyone goes to for sunrises it is amazing at sunset as well! By the time that we showed up you can only go up to the 3rd level, and couldn't go all the way up to the top of the temple spheres.
Sylvia found this great spot to watch the sunset from, all the way in the corner of the complex, away from all the tourists, all the noise. It was great you could just sit there and take in the moment and really appreciate the beauty of it all :)
There are security guards that walk around the complex and find people to kick them out, but apparently they missed us because we were not bothered until well after sunset haha
I would say this was a succesful first day in Angkor Temples, and Sylvia was very cool as well!
We went out for dinner that night, first taking in a show at one of the restaurants which featured local dancing.
I ask, 'How about if I buy 2 beers? 'YES!' and he gives me 19 dollars back :)
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