We loved Siem Reap. More relaxed than other cities n centre was full of rocking bars n cocktails for $2! We eat out for no more than $5 each n the food is great! Siem Reap is home of 160 ancient temples from the 9th n 10th century n discovered in the main, in last 100 years by the French.
The most famous is 10th century Angkor Watt, the largest ancient site in the world n now one of the 7 wonders of the world. Pictures don't do it justice but it was amazing to walk around n see it so well preserved. It took 37 years to build by the buddhists n had a population of over a million living around it..like the pyramids it's still unknown how they built it. We then went to the oldest temple in the area, a 9th century made of pink sandstone and like stonehenge the stone is not found in the country so still unknown how it was built.
Ended at a land-mine museum built by an ex boy soldier who has defused over 3000 mines for his people...still 4 million left/1200 people killed a year due to this!
After a night out we were both taken sick with a bug but braved it the next day n visited the famous 'Tomb Raider' temple from 10th century which now has giant trees growing out of the sandstone...didn't spot Angelina Jolie but loved this place...peaceful n mysterious, a bit like me I guess?!
After a drive back stopping off at several more temples, monkey n elephant stops we got back to the hotel, laid by the pool in 30 degree heat n then had last night out in town buying up some bargains from the Market. Tomorrow we head to Bangkok, city of fun n apparently great ping pong ball players?! But will be sad to leave Cambodia.
Now at airport waiting to go to Bangkok and Dan now fully recovered from his malaria scare. Yes it was a 24 hour stomach bug but Dan was convinced we had either been purposely poisoned by hotel staff or it's was the onset of malaria and the worst was to come! That was yesterday and all fine today!
Loved Siem Riep and again, wished had more time to stay and enjoy it. It's only an hour or so flight from Bangkok so might add on at the end of trip.
Temples were interesting but can get a bit templed out v quickly which I did but the tour guide told me stories of how his father and mother got separated by the soldiers before he was born with his older brother only 11 being forced to be a soldier! After two years thinking the other were long dead they found each other!! Dan welled up!!
We are told that the people here in Cambodia just want to forget what happened during the war so I don't think me and Dan are helping much by keep bringing the subject up!! But they seem ok about telling us their story and everyone seems qto have one!!
We have seen the snow news on BBC and obviously so glad we have missed it, as after one day of snow, it just gets annoying! But looks like will be the first white Xmas even if you are snowed in!! Hope weather starts to get better for you all soon! X