On my first day at the temples (out of three), I chose a tour in a minibus to visit some of the furthest and more remote temples, saving the closer, more famous (and busier) ones for the end. That way I met three temple companions and apart from the scorching hot weather it was really nice. We visited six temples altogether and I hope to upload some more pictures to flickr shortly. Each was impressive in its own way: massive size, intricate carvings, or taken over by the jungle…
At the end of the tour, I decided join my three new friends on another tour the next day: the so-called small tour including majestic Angkor Wat and the “Tomb Raider” temple where the film with Angelina Jolie was shot. Meanwhile, exhausted, I went back to my guesthouse for an early night.
The start to my second temple day was rather chaotic: after waiting and changing tour bus and waiting again I finally found my travel companions after more than an hour and a half of messing around. I was rather grumpy but then I decided I was in a buddhist country and that I should know better. Besides, I was busy getting ready to get my mind blown again.
We spent the morning at Angkor Wat, the largest religious construction in the world – and it only took the khmer 37 years to build it! Of course, it was kind of busy (see photo!) and it was really bright out, and with these factors combined I was a bit disappointed by my pictures.
After an expensive lunch (10$ when it’s usually easy to get something decent for 2! ), we saw two more temples: Ta Prohm (swallowed by the jungle, and where Tomb Raider was shot) and Bayon, famous for its many carved faces.
And to top off a really nice day of sightseeing, we stayed to watch the sun set on the temples from a small hill overlooking the area. My friend Yousra was up for a drink in town so we headed straight to a bar called “Angkor What ?!” in a street nicknamed “pub street”: 0,75$ for a beer, ridiculous!
More on Siem Reap and Angkor later, stay tuned! I have one more day on my pass and plan to visit the central part of Angkor Thom (the imperial city) later today, before heading off to Laos tomorrow.