21st – 23rd Oct – Siem Reap Cambodia

Oct 25, 2012 by

3 full days of Wat seeing just amazing! The first morning started at 4am to catch a flight from Vientiane Laos to Siem Reap, cheating a little but we felt time was flying by and we wanted to save time for the beaches. Any how it was lovely we were in Cambodia by 9 and found a guest house by 10!! We chose the happy guest house and the staff there really lived up to its name, they were lovely and the rooms were lovely too and a good price. By 11 we were off in a tuk tuk to see the first of many amazing sights. We hired the tuk tuk driver that brought us from the airport for the 3 days that we had planned to stay. We decided on the plan for the 3 days and off we went.

We only looked at a few of the smaller temples including Bakong and Preah Ko as we had had an very early start to the day, that evening we decided to eat at the guest house which served very nice food and an early night was had. Our first days experience was a little different from Thailand and Laos as the locals seemed almost desperate for you to buy things from them and often appeared offended if you didn’t buy from them. Needless to say we ended up with a few things we didn’t need mostly Matt was the soft one that ended up buying things as he felt he had too!

Day 2 we were picked up at 8 and started the big tour of temple viewing which included the pink looking temple Bantesy Srey, East Menon, Ta Som and a couple more, it was a tiring day but amazing temples. That evening we ventured out to the local night market and Pub St which turned out to having some lovely restaurants, we found one that wasn’t too over priced.

The next morning we were up at 4.30 to see the sun rise at Angkor Wat, it was beautiful and we were glad we saved the best till last. The only thing to spoil it a little was the amount of people there and the hordes of touts still asking you to buy stuff even at 5 in the morning! We had a relaxed look around and took far too many pictures before continuing on the small tour to Angkor Thom, again it was amazing and far too many photos taken. We saw a few more amazing temples including Ta Promn, Banteay Kdei and Ta Keo. We arrived back at the guest house around 3 in the afternoon and in need of a snooze. Once refreshed we headed into town to try a different restaurant where you could BBQ your own food, we tried ostrich, kangaroo and crocodile meat which were all surprisingly to me quite nice. That evening we had a very early night as we were to begin our travels back to Thailand at 2am in the morning via bus.

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  1. John Mark