The wonders of Angkor

Today I want to tell you about our trip to the temples of Angkor. You will have to bear with me for this, as there are many photos from this three-day immersion into the history and religious architecture of ancient Cambodia. Marta and Daniel, whom we met while trekking in Laos, were our companions for this part of the trip.

We started with the sunrise, in front of the temple of Angkor Wat, and slowly, walked (or better said, tuk-tuk-ed) our way through the other temples of what is said to be the largest religious complex of the world.

(For readers who are not familiar with the south-east Asian means of transportation: a tuk-tuk is a three-wheeled motorbike to which a cabin with seats for 3 or 4 people is attached. Each country has, of course, its own variations on it. In Cambodia, you can fit up to 4 people in a tuk-tuk and it is the most convenient way of visiting the temples – as no motorbikes are rented in Siem Reap, the base-city for the Angkor Wat exploration.)

And when in need of a break, what other better way than to find a hammock, ask for a fresh coconut and some smoothies and just doze away? A hammock station – a must-have in every house, as our friends Marta and Daniel put it.  With fresh strength, we get up for another round of these amazing temples.

On our last day we rented bicycles and we wandered around the Cambodian countryside, along rice fields, palm trees and small villages. A must – if you want to have a feeling of the real Cambodia. And one of my favorite days in this country.

On our last night in Siem Reap, we tried the (apparently) famous Angkor What? Bar. Good company, a bucket or two (or three) of Mekong-Whiskey-and-Coke, and there you have the recipee for a perfect night out! Topped with people dancing under the pouring rain…

Well, this was to be a first taste of our next destination, Ko Phangan, the Thai island where we are to spend our Christmas and New Year’s Eve: laid back, celebrating, meeting old and dear friends from Romania, on the seaside and into the sunshine. No more looking for accommodation and changing city every third or forth day – this is to be our holiday!

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3 thoughts on “The wonders of Angkor

  1. Nice photos… we also were just in Camodia and spent 10 days in Siem Reap. I love your photo of the trees over the wall. Which temple was that? We went to the tomb raider which show cased the trees, but the crowds were insane. We went to another that had a few trees, but nothing like the one you found!

    • I don’t really remember the name of the temple, but it’s part of the “large circuit”, which we visited on the second day. I understand what you are saying about the crowds, unfortunately one of the drawbacks of visiting Cambodia in the dry season.

      • The crowds started to get thicker closer to New Years. It was crazy downtown New Year’s Eve with everyone down on Pub Street. We didn’t travel in a circuit for the temples. We hired a car driver and he took us to the temples we wanted to see and made a few recommendations. Maybe that is the way to do it next time.

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