CAMBODIA, SIEM REAP SIGHTS
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Siem Reap was our last stop on our tour, we stayed three nights at the Angkor Palace Resort and Spa. I was excited for this day that my body woke me up at 4.30 am, our wake up call was going to be be 5.30 am. And I could not get back to sleep. Our flight again was very short. Just about an hour and we walked off the plane into a heat wave and it felt wonderfully.
Siem Reap is a tiny village. It feels like it has just sprung up to deal with all the tourists that arrive for the temples of Angkor. There are over 157 hotels in this village and they are still building more due to the demand. Our guide told us that the village at night would feel like Blackpool and the main street is Pub Street named by backpackers of the past.
We first went to get our photos taken for our trip to Angkor. I would advise you to do the same, get your pass the day before.
And then we arrived at our hotel. It was beautiful and I spent the rest of day resting up by the pool as I knew it would be any early start for the temples the next day.
Angkor Wat is beautiful but very challenging for me. My mother and I paid for a tuk tuk to get us around the temple complex. This was suggested to us by our tour guide.
I managed to enter, the temple is on three levels and there was no way I was going to try and attempt anymore.
And this shows how large the temple of Angkor Wat is and it is also one of the largest religious structures in the world.
My mum and I and the other couple who had used the tuk tuk then went to wait for the rest of the tour group in the Blue Pumpkin, a cafe with air conditioning. At 8 am it was already over 30 degrees. And as the group slowly came back to the meeting point, they were all sweating and looked shattered. As this was just the first temple. We next visited the huge fortified 13th century city of Angkor Thom, with its five monumental gates, and 300-foot wide moat. And we came across some interesting animals, that I was not expecting to see.
Then it was time for lunch at Champey for a traditional Cambodian feast. I was really struggling by this stage. And I told our guide that I could not continue on the tour. After lunch, my mum took a tuk tuk back to our hotel and we both feel asleep.
Our last day in Siem Reap was a free day, we could have paid for another day at the Angkor Temples, or take another paid excursion to the nearby lake of Tonle Sap to visit a floating village. My body was telling me to rest up. We choose to spend our last day by the pool, it was just lovely to be in the sun and water. And this was one of my favourite days in Cambodia. Would I ever return. If the political situation changed.