Siem Reap - Tomb Raider 2
Trip Start Dec 27, 2008
50Trip End Jun 27, 2009
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It's 4.45am, i'm out of bed and angry. These temples had better be bloody worth it. Our guide, Mr Nov Pov (firstname.lastname@example.org) is eagerly waiting downstairs and when we meet him, his enthusiasm perks me up (a little). The reason we've woke up so early is to catch sunrise at Angkor Wat, unfortunately, the sky was quite cloudy and we just watched things get progressively lighter, this doesn't help my mood. However, once we take a walk around this huge temple, a symbol of national importance, it all seems worthwhile.
I won't list all the temples we visited, that would be boring, but the following are a selection of the most beautiful and inspiring. The Bayon, built by King Jayavarman VII, is pretty damn impressive.
Ta Prohm is just incredible, inspiring and spooky enough to be the set of the Tomb Raider Movie (Fact). The ruins of the temple are intertwined with the roots of trees, this has caused the temple to look even more ruinous.
Also particularly impressive was Prasat Neak Pean, which i'd love to visit in rainy season, a central column is surrounded by four pools that would look amazing filled with water,
That night, despite being knackered, we headed out and ended up at Angkor What!, this is an awesome backpacker club,
On our second day we arrived at Angkor at 1.30pm and stayed for sunset, we climbed the massive hill that leads to Phnom Bakheng hoping to get the money shot, alas it never came, partly because hoards of chattering Koreans blocked every single angle and partly because of the bloody clouds, again!
Siem Reap is a great place to visit and is quite sobering too. Here, there are constant reminders of the war and especially landmines, it's sad to see so many amputees each having to find a new way to eat, ride a bike, earn a living, we tried to give what we could.
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