Trip Start Jul 08, 2009
26Trip End Aug 31, 2009
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I had met 3 guys from around Europe and together we went through the "short circuit" around. We started out waking up at 4am and getting picked up for 4:30am to see the sunrise at Angkor Wat. It was a short sunrise, but beautiful. There were many tourists there for sunrise so we decided to save Angkor Wat Temple for the end of the day. We went to many other temples, but my favorites are the ones with pictures. Bayon was really nice because it as many faces looking at you. It could give you a complex though knowing that so many faces were looking at you all the time
The following day me and one other guy went to see more temples. We started out by driving with our tuk-tuk driver 2 hours outside of Siem Reap to see Temple Beng Mealea. This temple is one of my favorite temples. This temple was HUGE if not bigger than the main temple at Angkor Wat. The only thing was, it was not intact. Most of the temple was destroyed by over grown trees and roots. Stones were on the floor and piled on top of each other. The best way to see this temple was just to climb everywhere and anywhere you can fit. This is exactly what I did. No one stopped you or told you to get down from anything you climbed. We ended up staying here for two hours and I could have stayed longer
We went back to Angkor Wat to visit the "long circuit". This was also really good. I saw some really nice temples here as well. My favorite one here was Preah Khan. It also was a huge temple. As you walk through one door you would see 5 more doors after it. Each room was filled with carvings and introcit designs. This temple was pretty much intact too, but also had many stone piles blocking doors and entrance ways. This temple is less visited and it absolutely stunning. At Angkor Wat, this was my favorite temple.
At all of these temples, the guards give you free rane to go wherever you want and to climb anything you see. Of course this probably isn't the best thing for the temples, but it allows you to see rooms that are not accessible by pathways. I had such a great time here and am sad to leave.