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Published: April 21st 2017
I arrived in Siem Reap after a 6 hour bus journey from Phnom Pen. Settled in and went for a walk if you want to go shopping Siem Reap is the place to go the markets are never ending with everything you can imagine in almost every colour i had to treat myself to one or two things it would be rude not to. I swiftly found pub street and enjoyed sitting with a cold beer watching the world go by listening to live music from the bar across the street (the one i was in had cheaper beer). I wandered back to the hostel and had some dinner. My first night was pretty quiet and headed to bed reasonably early, i had some planning to do and couldn't decide which dicker to buy for Angkor Wat. I was pretty lazy the next day spent some time in the pool and chilled around the hostel then went out that night i had made plans to meet up with some people but then couldn't find them so just made new friends. That is definitely one of the perks of traveling you meet so many people and its really easy to get talking
as so many are traveling alone. Due to my very late night the next day was a total washout and again spent the majority of it by the pool it was so brutally hot outside it really took some energy to go walking in it without a set purpose. So during the day it was ok to just chill out and go exploring in the evenings.
I finally decided to get the three day pass for Angkor Wat feeling that i might miss something important if i only do the one day pass. I met a guy in the hostel and we joined with another two girls and split the cost of the tuk tuk for the day. Angkor Wat is absolutely stunning we got up super early and arrived in time to watch the sunrise from behind the temples very impressive for the rest of the day we walked around 5 different temples ranging for the 10th to the 12th century the detail of the carvings and the elaborate designs of the buildings is amazing and to think they did everything by hand they had none of these fancy machines that do it for you back then and
i doubt any machine could replicate the hard work and dedication that went in to designing and creating these historical sights. Walking in the sun all day with very little shade was rather difficult and even with factor 30 on i still managed to end up a bit burnt, i sweat so much i think i could of filled a bathtub it was gross but worth it.
That night myself and one other went off to pub street again and had a ball ended up covered in face paint and staying out until the wee small hours so another pool day was called for.
The next day i had another early start teamed up with another girl from the hostel and we did the 2nd day tour taking you to different temples from the first day so i managed to see all of the major sights. I had planned on doing a third day at a sight further out but due to the beginning of the new year festivities i found out that I wasn't able to take a bus on the 14th so had to quickly run around and leave a day earlier to make sure i
was out of the country before my visa ran out. Bright and early in the morning i took a bus to Bangkok they said it would take around 9 hours but only took about 7 1/2. I had tried the night before to book a flight with Air Asia but their website was a nightmare and wouldn't let me put the booking through so i just had to wing it and said i'd deal with it once i arrived in Bangkok.
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