With another day on my three-day pass, I had the opportunity to see more temples before heading to my next destination. Watching the sun rise over Angkor Wat is a very popular attraction, but that implied getting up at four, and spending several hours waiting with hundreds of other tourists, each wanting the best spot for their souvenir photo. I was definitely too tired for that and slept a bit later than usual. A very shy tuktuk driver then drove me around Angkor Thom (the imperial city with a large concentration of ruins) and I spent a few hours browsing through the temples. It was very peaceful at lunchtime and mid-afternoon, as crowds returned for sunset, I headed back to my guesthouse. That was the end Angkor for me. It’s obviously possible to spend much more time in Siem Reap but I was longing for a quieter next few days.
So this morning I took a minivan, which brought accross the Lao border around 3pm. It then got us to a small town, the gateway to the 4,000 Islands on the Mekong river. The boat ride to island I was staying on (Don Khon) offered a beautiful scenery, and by the time I reached my destination I could admire the sunset over the idyllic landscape.