Trip Start Mar 10, 2007
153Trip End Jan 01, 2007
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First day was a late start, followed by a trip to the landmine museum (Pia and Simon, thanks for the tip on going here, well worth a visit.) This is a very informative museum describing the life and work of Aki Ra, a former Khmer rouge child soldier who was laying mines in the war when he was only 5 years old. Since the fighting ended, he has dedicated his life to making Cambodia a safer place by removing the land mines he placed himself, along with thousands of others, using only a knife and stick
Next we used the travelers tip we got off of several people and went to the temples at 5pm, as at this time you can buy your ticket for the next day, but you can still go in for sunset that evening. Obviously for our first temple experience had to go to Angkor Wat itself. By the way, Angkor Wat is not the whole complex, but is just the name of one of the temples. Sorry if I'm stating the obvious, but i met many people there who were unaware of this fact, so if you were too don't feel too bad.
Cloud spoiled any chance of a sunset photo (a feat to be repeated over the next few days), but just to wander round part of Angkor Wat was magnificent, and any words again won't do any of the temples justice, you have to see them
I usually use my diary to help me write these entries, but i got bored in a cafe and wrote a ludicrous amount on the temples, so I'll try to be brief here on my escapades. Basically all the temples are amazing, though the weather spoiled all our attempts at sunrise's and sunsets. My favourite temple is Bayon, the one with all the faces of the Boddhisattva Buddha on the towers inside, though Ta Prohm (the tomb raider temple) is very impressive, with huge tree roots snaking their way through the structure. Angkor Wat isn't quite as impressive as I'd expected but is fantastic all the same. If anyone is coming and is wondering how long to spend there, my advice is this:- if your interested but not really into temples you should do the sunset tip i mentioned before, then one full day will definitely be enough to see the best of the temples. You wouldn't be missing out on too much that way and would save some money.
We all went out in the evening of our last day to see each other off, Louise's mum got quite drunk (rather funny), and i got on my bus after 3 hours sleep, very hungover, for Sihanoukville.
(I could have written loads about the temples, but i think you'd get bored and if you are interested a guidebook will be more interesting than what i write)