Siam Reap - Day 2 - Angkor Wat
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Today it was time to get all cultured up and wander around the temples of Angkor Wat. Basically back when the Angkor empire was absolutely massive in Asia, they commissioned the building of all these templese at it's heart, and they cover about 17 square kilometres or something like that. So a sh*te load of temples :)
I will confess right here and now that I don't have the art background or attention to detail on the carvings to get a three-day pass so the one-day pass was going to be just fine for me. It really is quite good walking around these old ruins, stone faces staring out at you, there's a 350 metre long Terrace of the Elephants. Ta Prom is a temple overgrown with trees (it's now often referred to as 'the one used to shoot the movie Tombraider', possibly reducing it's cultural value a knotch) and would probably be my favourite, well after the impressive Angkor Wat itself.
I was glad I left Angkor Wat until last since it makes everything else pale in comparison. You need a good couple of hours to walk around it, with carvings galore and some great views if you climb up to the very top. I'll leave it to photos to give you the gist (hopefully put them up shortly..)
Had dinner with Ellie (London) and Courtney (Ohio) that I'd met wandering around the ruins at the Dead Fish tower. As you'd expect the restaurant had a pit with live crocodiles in it, I mean why wouldn't it.