Siem Reap and the Amazing Angkor Wat

I spent about a week in Siem Reap, but not really doing much, so I'll just write about the highlights. It was incredibly hot there, 38 degrees and 80% humidity. The heat was unbearable and you just never seemed to ever get cool. Even in the evenings, sat outside, it was uncomfortable. One night a group of us went to an Indian restaurant. That was a mistake. The place didn't even have aircon and everyone was in pain trying to eat their curry. Luckily the hostel had a pool as that was the only relief from the heat.

Angkor Wat is the largest religious site in the world. There is Angkor Wat temple, but around Angkor there are also many more smaller temples. On my first visit we walked around some of the smaller temples. Each one fascinating in its own way and all different from one another. My favourites were Ta Prohm and Angkor Thom. Ta Prohm is also known as the 'Tomb Raider' temple. It has mostly been left in the clutches of the jungle, with huge trees perched on top of the temples, roots slithered around like giant snakes. Angkor Thom has giant stone heads pieced together like some kind of ancient jigsaw puzzle.

My second visit was to Angkor Wat itself. We left at 5am to get there for sunrise. As did thousands of other people, which kind of ruined the atmosphere. It was a great experience though being sat looking at an incredibly impressive Bayan temple while the sun hangs above in a misty orange sky.

One of the nights we went to see a circus performance. It was similar to Cirque Du Soleil but on a smaller scale and with local youth.

The last night I treated myself to my own room. Bliss. An extra $2 well spent.


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