MATT: Arrive Siem Reap in the afternoon and go for a wander about. It is surprisingly touristy here - bars straight out of the Costa del Sol. I guess a lot of tourists pass through here on the way to see the temples of Angkor - so the locals are very smartly capitalising on it. So we go to see some Khmer dancing, eat dinner head home. The real action starts the following morning with a 4.30am start to see the sun rise over Angkor Wat. The following two days of power sightseeing run like this:
1. Sunrise at Angkor Wat (and what beautiful colours came up)
2. Pre Rup (the steep stairs, used for crematorium)
4. Banteay Serey (the citadel of women)
5. Landmine museum
6. Sugar palm tasting
Lunch at the temple complex
7. Phnom Bakheng (the one with aerial views over the region)
8. Ta Prohm (Tomb Raider filmed at this temple)
1. Angkor Thom City
- Bayon ( the carved faces)
- Baphoun (the one in a million pieces)
- Phimeanakas (the steep one where Kelly hit her head and Theresa and Lisa climbed up the side)
- Royal swimming pools
- Elephant terrace
- Terrace of the Leper Kings
- South Gate of Angkor Thom City
2. Visit to Tonle Sap Lake (Kompong Phluk, stilted village), the biggest lake in the area and a massive resource for the country. Dry season = boat bogged on the way back ....
....got it....the photo's (if I ever get them loaded) will do all the talking for these two days....so I won't.
The end of day two is our last night together as a group. The protesting in Bangkok has closed the airport for about two weeks now, so some have made arrangements to get home from Siem Reap, rather than try to travel back to Bangkok and risk getting stranded. Ironically the situation seems to resolve itself just as we head back to Bangkok...so everything probably would have been fine. The gist of it is, 3 of us are not travelling to Bangkok in the morning - Veronique and Ron & Marsha...so we head out on what is our last night as a group and get battered. Siem Reap is a party town. Kel and I don't make it past 1.30am...but the girls make it back just in time for our 7.30am departure by bus to Bangkok.
So it's goodbye Cambodia, goodbye Veronique, goodbye Ron & Marsha...hello again Thailand via the well named Dancing Road - about 100km of pot holes, although Erin assures us it is much better than it was last time she travelled it...the Cambodias are certainly throwing plenty of people at it to get it sorted out...I expect they can smell the tourist dollars that will no doubt be flooding into the country (if only for the food) over the next few years.