On the 11th we left Bangkok for a 9 hour trip across the border into Cambodia. We had 2 minibuses for our group. We set off at 7.30am which is very early when you got to bed at 3am. A lot of sleeping and chilling happened on the bus. We headed across the border at 12pm we all had to walk across with our bags. It didn't tale too long but it was quite warm and the bag was feeling very heavy! When we arrived at the bus station we where greated by a large pond of water after the rain and had fun getting on to our Cambodian bus. The road was very interesting from the border to Siem Reap - the tour call it a dancing road - its not tarred and very bumpy!! 4 hours of shaking around was lots of fun. We arrived at our hotel in Siem Reap and had a nice little rest before we headed off out for dinner.
On the 12th we set off early to start our temple tours Our first stop on the tour was Angkor Thom where we visited the Bayan temple - which is in very good condition for a temple that was built during the 12th Century. This temple is on 3 levels so is known as a mountain temple - see I have learnt something This temple had 52 pillars each pillar with 4 faces which alot are still in tact. Then we went for a wander past the Baphoun and Phimeanakas temples (can't remember what they were like sorry!!!!). We then headed off to the Elephant terrace - which as it sounds like is a large terrace with lots of elephants carved into it. The final place we visist was the Leper King Terrrace. By this point we were very hot and glad to be heading back onto the air conditioned bus!!!! We then headed off to the temple of Preah Khan - it means acred sword (another thing I remember from our tour guide!)This temple's walls are falling down a little more but is very beautiful we had a nice group photo taken in front of a rather large tree. That afternoon Jacqui chilled out in the room and Neen headed off with the rest of the group to see a floating village. That night we headed out for dinner at a lovely restaurant in Siem Reap we had a nice meal and an early night.
On the 13th we got up very early to go to watch the sunrise at Angkor Wat - we left the hotel at 5am and arrived at Angkor Wat at 5.30am. Unfortunately the sunrise was not the best but it was still nice to see Angkor Wat appearing out of the darkness. The temple itself again is on three levels and is huge. For anyone who wants to know more about the temples go to http://www.canbypublications.com/siemreap/srtemples.htm it has lots of information. We had a great group photo taken on the stairs up to the third level - it is fairly steep to say the least!!!!! When you come down you come down bacwards like a ladder! The temple itself is very nice and we got lots of photo's - please wait for those. We then headed off to Ta Prohm for all you movie buffs this is where they filmed Tomb Raider. My god did we get catch in a traffic jam there were hundreds of Korean tour groups and we did not stand a chance - so we backed off for a while and waited for a gap in the tours This temple has loads of tree's whose roots are destroying the temple and knocking things down but it looks amazing. We had a nother group shot in on of the trees. Tania our group leader also pointed out a tree sthat looks like a bum!!! It amused us. We then headed off to the Landmine museum which was interesting. We then headed home for bed!!! At 3pm we headed off to our last temple Banteay Srai (Srey) this was beautiful - it is a small temple but it had lots of carvings in all the stone work. It was a great end to the day. Oh yes not before we had stopped to sing Happy Birthday to Tania and give her a nice birthday cake That night we went to a lovely restaurant and had cocktails and fab food. We also went for a few drink afterwards to celebrate Tania's birthday. Jacqui in her old age is not able to drink any alcohol without getting a headache so she was pretty boring but everyone else was drinking shots and Neen was on the Moscow Mules - Jonny he hope you remember these