Sunrise at Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm, Prah Khan, u really can't get enough!

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Sunrise at Angkor Wat!

In order to get to the Angkor Wat site for the sunrise, you need to get up at 4am... ouch!
The hotel staff knew that I was getting up for sunrise, so they prepared a breakfast for me, omelette, coffee, along with some food for me to take for when I wait for the sun to rise :)

One of the staff drives me in pitch dark to Angkor Wat, where you have to get pretty early to get the prime location right infront of the water.   After sunrise I go back to the hotel for some needed sleep and meet Sylvia for lunch.  We decide to go to two main temples today, Prah Khan,  Ta Prohm, and Ta Som.  Again, today her driver wasn't there and she didn't want to pay for another one, we were getting terribly high offers from the tuk tuk drivers outside our hotel, so we went down the street and got a driver to take us for only $5!

First stop, Ta Prohm.
Climbing the Ta Som temple!
.. This is one of the most famous of the temples, used as the basis for the Tomb Raider game!  It is known for having extremely large trees and roots growing through the temples themselves, quite unique.  Our timing was great because by the time we got there most of the tourists from the morning had cleared out so we had the entire temple mostly to ourselves :D :D  The temple's main image, representing 'Prajnaparamita', or wisdom,  was modelled on the image of the kings's mother.  

One of the annoying things here in Cambodia and especially the temples is all the little kids that beg for money and come up to you trying to sell you books and postcards.  As soon as they see you coming through the entrance they swarm on your like prey.
Ta Som...
  It is even worse for girls... So throughout the day I was pretending to be Sylvia's boyfriend so they would leave her alone, and it worked magic.  'Why couldn't you be here a few days earlier lol' Said Sylvia!

We get to Ta Som and they have these trees and temples that seem like they wouldn't be that difficult to climb.  So me and Sylvia decide it would be a great idea to climb the trees up to the top of the temples for fun! Probably breaking some cambodian rules, but we didn't care because it really was alot of fun haha

Our driver was asking us if we want to stop for some food, and he really didn't care about where WE wanted food, he was just hungry himself lol.  We stop at this one restaurant in the middle of nowhere between temples, and the family that owns the restaurant rushes to get our food ready.
My friend Sylvia at Preah Khan
  While the parents are cooking, the little addorable 8 yrs old girl starts talking to me and Sylvia... She is very sweet and we see her bring out a plastic bag full of international coins.  She empties all the coins on the table and starts to ask us if we were willing to trade her some of our money for these coins.  I had some small bills from Laos and Vietnam, and I trade her for a 25c Australian coin, and she even had an old Greek coin from the 1960's so I trade for that too...

Our last temple of the day was Preah Khan,  is largely unrestored but the title means 'Holly City of Victory' built after the failed invasion in 1191.  This complex used to be the site for massive shrines to many many dieties at the same time as housing a university, libraries, schools and living quarters for 100,000 people.  Like the image on the entrance to Ta Prohm was depicting the likeness of the king's mother, the main image on the entrance to Preah Khan is that of 'Bodhisattva' meaning compassion was modelled after the likeness of the king's father.

I would definitely recommend staying at the hotel called Bun Khao Hotel.  In Asia you constantly come across people who seem nice only to try to sell you something, or it seems like they are trying to scam you, but this family run establishment is nothing like that.  They pick you up from the airport, they drive you to the airport, they cook you food, lunch, and breakfast, all with a smile and for 2 days I only payed $18!!!

I am also really glad I met Sylvia accidently outside our hotel.  Cambodia is the first part of my trip that I didn't have Ruby or anyone I knew with me.  I found a great travel partner for a couple of days, she was sarcastic, funny, liked photography and was here just to experience the temples so we got along great!  You really have to come to Cambodia, and experience the temples for yourself...




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Sunrise at Angkor Wat!
Sunrise at Angkor Wat!
Climbing the Ta Som temple!
Climbing the Ta Som temple!
Ta Som...
Ta Som...
My friend Sylvia at Preah Khan
My friend Sylvia at Preah Khan
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photo by: ulysses