Keeping it Riel
Trip Start Jan 23, 2012
49Trip End Jun 09, 2012
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The following day we woke at 4.30am to catch a tuk tuk into Angkor and watch the sunrise over Angkor Wat. It was a very beautiful pink sunrise but definitely difficult to stay awake! Angkor Wat is the largest temple in Angkor and has a concentric gallery of stone carvings (known as a bas relief) depicting the story of Lanka. There were three levels to this temple with the top level being a square with the famous towers on each corner and in the centre.
Throughout the day we visited a further 4 temples, Preach Khan (a Buddhist temple with a network of entry ways with courtyards of to the sides), Bayon (part Hindi, part Buddhist temple famously known for its towers of four Buddhas), Baphuon (pyramid temple that has only recently finished being renovated and is very steep) and Ta Prohm (the famous temple from the film Tomb Raider that is also being taken over dramatically by nature).
Between the temples there were similarities, such as the three levels, the bas relief concentric galleries (e.g
In the evening we visited Temple Bar on Pub Street (a street full of restaurants and bars) for dinner which included traditional Khmer dancing. Our favourites were the coconut shell dance and the Palin Peacock dance while enjoying local cusine of Lok Lak (similar to beef in oyster sauce) and Amok (similar to green curry). Afterwards we wandered around the massive night markets of Siem Reap and even though very tired had to enjoy a drink on Pub Street as beer was only $0.50!! Although Siem Reap was touristy, Neill and I really enjoyed Siem Reap and would have been nice to stay another day, but the next day we grabbed a local bus to Phnom Penh.