Angkor What!?


The next morning we set off with two new friends for a full day of temple visits. The four of us hired a tuk tuk driver to take us around from sunrise to sunset. Our itinerary consisted of visiting temples further out that had less tourist traffic. It was still pitch dark when our tuk tuk driver picked us up from the guest house. The cool wind swept my hair as we sped along the dirt road to see our first sunrise. We saw a variety of temples that day – each place had an ambiance different from the next. To highlight a few: we saw intricate carvings on the temple walls of Banteay Srei, built in honor of female deities; we hiked through a forest to see the waterfall that awaited us at the top of Kbal Spean; and we played a game of hide-and-seek at Banteay Samre, a smaller remote temple that we had all to ourselves.
When Melinda and I had purchased a one-way bus ride from Phnom Penh to Angkor Wat, we anticipated staying for only one full day – plans changed, of course. There was so much to see that we decided to go “templing” for two full days. We saved the more touristy temples, including Angkor Wat, Bayon, and Ta Prohm (where Tomb Raider was filmed), for the second day. Our visit to the Angkor Wat was well timed. The clouds were minimal, unlike the sunrise and sunset on the previous day, and the sky was a perfect canvas for the viewing of the sunrise over Angkor Wat.

At the end of the day, Melinda and I booked a red-eye bus ride back to Phnom Penh, in order to make our flight to Thailand (from Phnom Penh Airport).

The photographs do not do justice to our unique experience. I am looking forward to my return visit to the temples in a couple weeks. This marks just the first of my many anticipated trips to Angkor Wat. I hope you enjoy the slide show.

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2 Responses

  1. Wow, Angkor Wat looks absolutely incredible! Pictures seldom do justice to the actual thing but your shots are fabulous!

  2. Great job on the pictures, slideshow, and blog!! 🙂 Have a great time in Phnom Penh!!!!

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