Published: January 25th 2011
January 25th 2011
Well we have been in Siem Reap for two days now, very small town but I am sure that if we were to come back in five years it would be a different story. There are new hotels been built all over the place and there will be no shortage of guests to fill them.
The temples around here are amazing,stunning and beautiful in a kind of very old way. After we landed on Monday our first port of call was you guessed it lunch......We were beside ones of the Kings swimming poll. Now he really new how to build them we would call it a moat but he called it a pool!!! and used it as that. It was huge,the young kids now use it as a pool so all good.
After lunch we headed to our first temple which was Ta Prohm,for you movie buffs this is the one that they used in Tomb Raider. The trees were cool they have just grown on top of the temple and then spread themselves around the bricks, and have done this since the 1700's when Ankgor was abandoned and left to the trees to take over. We then went
to Ta Keo which is the only temple that has no carvings on it. We climbed to the top sounds simple ah.Well not so the stairs were on a 75 degree angle and you had to literally climb up then like you were rock climbing. Apparently they are designed like this so you are prostrate in the presence of their gods. You also need to remember that it was about 35+ degrees in heat. We had fun going up but coming down was a bit scary. Then on the agenda was Chau Say and Tevoda.
Then we came back to the hotel which is very swanky, our room looks straight onto the pool. Dinner was buffet at a place where we got to see traditional Khmer dancing. We left early and came back to have a cup of tea and listen to the piano player.
Today was another day of temples we were there from 8.30 until 1800 so we could watch the sunset. Our first stop was Angor Wat and the pictures dont do it any justice. We got to climb to the top but not everyone can,you need to be in pants below your knee and
a tee shirt. There were alot of young girls who didnt get to go up as not dressed appropriately for a temple. You would think they would know the culture of the country they are visiting.
We then went to Preah Khan and then onto lunch which was devine!!!!
Back to the temples adn Angkor Tom and Bayon. Our last stop was Pre Rup and sunset when we got there and climbed to the top there was only 15 of us within half and hour there was over two hundred!!!!!! The crowds are really big.Tomorrow we are going to see sun rise over Angkor Wat,our friends went this morning and said there were about 1000 people there cant wait NOT.
Well only one day of our trip left, so we will get to see you all soon and show you the other 800 photos we havent been able to load up!!!!!!!!
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