Today was the day we had been waiting for since leaving Canada.
Picked up at 8am by our Tuk-Tuk driver whom we have hired for the day and we were off, to the temples of Angkor!
Arguably Aisa's first metropolis, long before Bangkok was even a dot on the map. At its prime (in the 12th century) its population was a staggering 1million while at the same time London was a town of 50,000.
Angkor Wat was our first stop and was out of this world! The worlds largest religious building is as intended: heaven on earth.
After Angkor we boarded our hired Tuk-Tuk and headed towards the south gate of Angkor Thom. Inside the walls was our next temple: Bayon, possibly my favourite, decorated with 216 faces glaring at you from every angle. Inside the temple was a maze of rooms and corridors on a multitude of levels.
We then continued on to Baphuon and the terrace of the elephants. All equally impressive.
A few more smaller temples were quickly investigated while making our way to Ta Prohm. Another favourite of ours. Used for the filming of Tomb Raider and Two Brothers this Buddhist temple has been destroyed by the power of the jungle. Centuries of growth leaves the ruins just as it would have been when European explorers first set eyes upon them. The walls draped in moss and many crumbled to the ground. There are enormous trees uprooting corridors, walls and whole rooms. It's a really eery but cool place to see and made for a good hour of exploring.
Last stop, and now completely exhausted was Sra Srang, once a royal bathing pond. On our arrival the sky's turned grey and threatened to downpour. We A lined for the Tuk-Tuk and a much needed sit down for the ride home back to Siem Reap.
Only having had a croissant and a banana for breakfast we were starving. The driver dropped us off at one of our funky back alley eating destinations and we found an Indian restaurant for grub. Owned and operated by an Indian family, food was cheap and full of flavour. Siobhan claimed that it was the best curry she had ever had, and it was vegetarian! It was extremely good but I'm holding some of the currys in Laos as my best yet.
With time to spare before jumping on the night bus to Sihanoukville we chilled in our hotel lobby.
After a few FaceTime catch ups we headed for the bus depot. Our sleeper bus beds were found and after an hour delay we set of on our 12hourntrip south, to the coast of Cambodia!