Sorry we have been a bit quiet recently but it was the busy run up to our holiday time and then travelling to Cambodia. Yes, this article comes to you from Siem Reap, Cambodia.
A few of you regulars will recall we visited Cambodia this time last year, travelling around a lot of the country over nearly 4 weeks. This time we decided to focus on one area, Siem Reap. It is the location to base yourself and visit many temples or “Wats”.
This trip is for 10 days and is a combination of exploring the area and having a break. Last year we travelled a lot and saw a lot of this fascinating country. This year we have based ourselves in Siem Reap at the same hotel so only one lot of unpacking of our gear and no timetables or travel plans to worry about.
We arrived a week ago and there was a lot of flooding across the north of Cambodia. Many of the roads to the temples were under water, as was the centre of town. There was also a lot of flood damage to homes and farms in the region.
As part of our accommodation we have exclusive access to a Tuk Tuk from dawn to 10pm. Mr Tola the driver has been great and it makes getting around very easy. Last year we had to negotiate a price with a new driver most trips and then explain where we wanted to go, getting lost several times.
The first day we visited the famous Angkor Wat
There are metres and metres of amazing bas reliefs around most of the Temple.
Playing with the panorama on our new camera.
We even ran into some local wildlife near a small temple.
These are the gates to Angkor Thom, a very large complex of temples. This was taken late in the afternoon, after the coach loads of tourists from across Asia had departed for the day. It is a terrific time of the day to explore.
The monks who live in the area have a prayer session in the evening.
Bayon, one of the huge structures in Angkor Thom.
This temple was way out the back of the complex, small but beautiful.
The Tomb Raider temple – Ta Prohn is worth getting to early in the morning. It is very popular, sometimes with a long queue to have your photo taken under “that” tree.
Eating and drinking in Cambodia is very inexpensive. We usually spend about $10 for lunch and $20 for dinner for the two of us. That includes drinks.
We are not sure if the alcohol is locally produced but the prices are cheap.
So there you go. As we sit here, it is 6:30 am, temp is 28 c, humidity about 99%, it is raining heavily and we are about to head out on one last explore. Time to buy a poncho!
By the way, we have shared a lot more photo’s of this trip over on Our Hiking Blog’s facebook page, jump over and check them out if you are a Facebook user.