Sunrise at Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm, Prah Khan, u really can't get enough!
Angkor Travel Blog› entry 27 of 34 › view all entries
August 12th, 2009 – by: jefrois
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.
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.
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.
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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