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Temple Exploration

Siem Reap, Cambodia


Despite deciding to take the train to Cambodia, the 11th hour decision was made to take a local bus to the Thai border. Four Hours later we arrived in the middle of nowhere and, as the only westerners within 50 Miles, checked into a local hotel with disbelief and laughter from the locals. The fear of venturing too far from this hotel precipitated a gym session in the hotel room. The next morning we embarked on the strangest journey of our lives through the unpaved roads of Cambodia. After four hours in the back of a Toyota (with a family of three Cambodians in the front passenger seat), we arrived in Siem Reap.

In Siem Reap we spent a few days exploring the temples in the area: the large Bayon temple in Angkor Thom, the tomb raider temple; and the awesome Angkor Wat temple. We also visited the temple on the local hill to watch the sunset over the Cambodian jungle. The local area is pretty touristy with a mix of travellers and holidaymakers. A few nights out there were more than enough before setting off to the capital Phnom Penh. (KC)


permalink written by  Sean, Karl & Dan on October 21, 2007 from Siem Reap, Cambodia
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