26 May 2009

Amazing!

I think that one word sums up our last two days here in Siem Reap, Cambodia. We arrived around 10 or so and were met by tuk tuk driver, Lee, at the gate. He drove us to our hotel and we checked in, slathered on the DEET and sunscreen before heading out to explore some temples. As the connection here is really slow, I will just they are awesome! Can't really put into words what it is like to see and visit these places. It's like being in the middle of Indiana Jones, so mind blowing.
We hit the ground running and hit all of the following:
  • Banteay Samre
  • Banteay Srey
  • Neak Pean
  • Preah Khan
  • Pre Rup
  • Phnom Bakheng (to see the sunset)
We then got back to the hotel and got ready to get some dinner. As we are kind of concerned about food/water quality here that didn't leave us to many options (lunch we didn't really had any options and had to eat at a roadside stand but we stayed away from any meat or their water) so we got dinner at the newly opened KFC. Not the same as back home, but I can't complain beats getting sick from some other khmer fried chicken.

This morning we got up at 4:40 so we could make out 5 am pick up with our tuk tuk. We scheduled a sunrise visit to Angkor Wat, and we were not disappointed! The temple was spectacular and we spent over 2 hours exploring it. Afterwards we filled in the gaps with the other temples we wanted to see with little breaks for cookies and milk for breakfast and peanut butter sandwiches for lunch (gotta stay safe! thank goodness we have a mini-mart so we can stay safe food-wise. I think I impressed Charlton with my sandwich making skills in the back of the tuk tuk) Lee helped pick some other great temples to visit so by the end of the day we had seen all of the following:
  • Angkor Wat
  • Baphuon
  • Phimeanakas
  • Terrace of the Elephants
  • Ta Keo
  • Bayon
  • Banteay Kdei
  • Ta Prohm
Now we are both exhausted and tired (and it's only 2 pm!) so we are going to head upstairs get cleaned up and take a nap. Maybe if we are feeling adventurous we will head out again...but not much farther than the night market or Lucky Mall.

Pictures are to come, so stay tuned!

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