So i am now in my 4th country on the world tour. CAMBODIA! I arrived via the Mekong delta it took me two days to get to the capital Phnom Penh via boat.
I have been granted a 1 month visa, but i only expect to stay around 3 weeks. I stayed only one night in the capital, before heading up on a 7 hour bus ride to Siam Reap with a group of 5 others who i met on the boat.
I spent 3 days in all visiting the temples of Ankor, although i found it not as mesmerising as i thought it would be.....i still found it pretty spectacular! Nothing in life is ever as good as it gets made out to be i guess.
The temples of Ankor cover a vast area and i hired a Tuk Tuk to take me round for a few days, then rode a bicycle the last day. I visited so many temples but there were a few that really stood out.
Obviously Ankor Wat is the obvious one that everyone goes on about, it really is an amazing building and to think they built something like that all those years ago is pretty cool. Seeing monkeys run all around the place really added to the atmosphere. I also managed to avoid the crowds as everyone was outside waiting (in vain) for the sunrise.
Bayon temple is a pretty amazing temple it has 4 faces carved into each pillar. It was very busy here though with SO many Japanese tourists. Still a fantastic temple though.
Ta Phrom is also know as the 'Tomb Rader' temple as some of the movie was shot there. It is the temple where you see MASSIVE tree branches grabbing hold of the walls like a massive octopus. Check the pics.
Beng Melea (think i spelt it right) is the first temple i visited and it is a bit out of the way of the rest. This is a good thing as NO tourists seem to want to go there, but they are missing an amzing place, the whole temple has been brought to rubble and nature has really taken over. It is the closest thing you will get to an 'Indiana Jones' temple and i had a great time climbing all over the place to get around!
All in all the temples were a definate 'glad i did it' experience, and not just a 'tick box' experience, which a lot of stuff actually turns out to be! ha ha
Siam Reap itself was a cool town i was with a group of cool people and we had a lot of fun in the local bars and ate more curry than we do back in England!!!!!
See ya on the next adventure!