Trip Start Oct 23, 2006
93Trip End May 08, 2007
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Yet another UNESCO World Heritage site, Angkor Wat is the crown jewel of the Angkor area which is home to thousands of different temple structures. Angkor Wat itself is the best preserved of them and is lauded as the world's largest single religious monument. It's damn impressive. Jon and I bought a three day pass for $40 each, which brings me to another discovery about Cambodia: this place is f**king expensive.
It doesn't have to be. I'm sure someone travelling on a strict budget could come here and spend far less than we have, but they'd be missing out. The temples and palaces at Angkor require a minimum of three days
But back to Angkor as that is undoubtedly the highlight of my time here. Jon and I hired a Tuk Tuk to take us around to the different temples. We'd met a driver named Jackie who was young, knowlegable about Angkor, and spoke flawless English. (Tough combo to come by). He brought us to Angkor Wat first. I swear I could spend years exploring that site alone. The buildings are massively impressive. So are the walls. So are the bridges and the moat. It's all so grand. And yet, when I looked more closely, they're also so intricately detailed with etchings, carvings, and statues.
That's the case with all the sites we visited over our three days at Angkor. I won't bog you down by writing too much detail, especially since I've uploaded 50 pictures for this entry. (Considering I took about 1,000 pics consider yourselves lucky I didn't upload more)
The bikes were of POS status, but they held up. We were able to go at our own pace and stop on any whim. It made for a much better experience, though it was a lot of riding. Our third day at Angkor ended at Bayon (which we'd already seen on our first day). We returned to Bayon to catch a sunset. Little did we know that our pass required us to leave before sunset actually took place. We were able to delay long enough to catch a couple shots.
Other than Angkor, our time was spent in Siem Riep eating, playing pool, and listening to a Phillipino cover band do everything from Blu Cantrell to Korean songs to Russian songs to Toto. They were great. Alright, I'm exhausted and that catches us up. Enjoy the pics. I'll write soon from Thailand.