I was recommended a place to stay in Siem Reap by Jose and Tommy (see Battambang, below), Garden Village. When I got there I met Ben, who knew… Tommy and Jose from Laos!
We decided to go to Angkor Wat for sunrise the next day, which meant getting up at 4.30! It was so worth it though. As the dark and mist cleared, the gigantic temple came into view. It’s awesome.
Inside the temple there are such delicate carvings and bas-reliefs depicting stories, it’s fascinating.
There are also lots of monkeys about!
We also visited a (pretty impressive) bathing pool.
Other temples (I can’t remember what they’re called):
Whilst within the temple complex, Ben and I were both interested in visiting the landmine museum. It was very informative and also sad and reminded us that landmines are still a very big problem across the world and in Cambodia.
We also visited Ta Prohm (more of which later) and I pulled my best “Japanese tourist” pose.
The following day we had a break from temples (we were there 12 hours the first day!) and cycled to a fishing village outside Siem Reap. Ben helped to put up a light!
As usual, I found some puppies to play with at the hostel!
We decided to bike to the temples for our second day. Katie, who I’d met in Vietnam had arrived at Garden Village and came along too. It was such a lovely surprise to see her! She had a few issues cycling though.
We visited Angkor Thom, with Bayon inside it. There were lots of stone faces looking in different directions, protecting the temple.
Cycling was great fun until it rained!
On our third day of temples, we returned to Ta Prohm as we’d actually found it more impressive than Angkor Wat. Overrun by trees, it’s right out of Tomb Raider! Katie and I pretended to be Lara Croft.
From Ta Prohm, I cycled like crazy to Angkor Wat to get a shot of the sunset there. It was beautiful.
Although I was rather ill in Siem Reap and had to spend a few days resting on antibiotics, I really enjoyed it there and made some good friends whilst temple exploring!