So much for keeping up with my blog, but I have a good excuse this time. I was sitting on a beach with no WiFi for 5 days sleeping in hammocks and swimming with bioluminescent plankton on Koh Rong 🙂 rough life I know. So we’re going to roll it back a week to my tour of the temples of Angkor near Siem Reap on October 14th and 15th.
I flew into Siem Reap from Thailand on the 13th and promptly hit the ground running (or riding as it was). The temples of Angkor are world renown for their immense beauty and history so I wanted to be able to view them on my own time. I rented a $3 mountain bike with slicks and took to the road to battle the tuk-tuks, motor bikes and cars. It wasn’t too bad, even amidst the madness there is some method and it works. It was about 10km to the temples, a nice warmup ride, and I quickly realized the advantage of the bike, I could ride almost anywhere at my pace. I cruised my way around the main Angkor circuit in a long 9h day. Through the magical tree entombed halls of Ta Prohm, the ancient city of Preah Khan, the massive courtyards of Angkor Thom, the Mordor-esque towers of Bayon, and of course the grand palace of Angkor Wat. I will let my photos give you a glimpse into the amazing detail and say, this is one of those places you need to experience for yourself.
While Angkor Wat gets all the press, I personally fell in love with Ta Prohm and Preah Kahn. Two temple complexes where the battle between stone and nature has been raging for 1000 years, and nature is winning. Definitely take a moment to sit down and soak in the grandeur of these massive stone monuments built over 1000 years ago.
On day two I took a shorter half day tour of the Roluos group of temples. While not as spectacular as the main temples at Angkor, their charm lies in their 1200 year old sandstone towers and intricate carvings. Oh, and you’ll see a fraction of the people as well. Unfortunately I didn’t make it to Banteay Srei but I did hear they were lovely, just far away. So one of my bucket list items has been checked and it lived up to the hype. Next up (for the blog) wanderings in Cambodia and some much needed beach time.