Wednesday, March 10, 2010
The road to Siem Reap from Phnom Penh was a patchwork of potholes, rocks, dust, grit, dirt, and then thirty miles from Siem Reap, a breakdown - the water pump. Nicki and I were offered a lift with an American named Tom who had his driver come and pick him up. It cost $15, but it was better than standing beside the dusty road for what we thought might be hours. Then, as Nicki and I were cramped in the back of his driver's car with the baggage, a bus filled with our fellow passengers flew by. We stayed at the Home Sweet Home Hotel our first night, then moved the following day to the Sweet Dreams Hotel, which turned into a nightmare when I noticed all the ants in my bed.
Our first day at Ankgor Wat we went early, at sunrise, because it's supposed to be spectacular. It is. What an amazing place.
The moat, which surrounds the main temple, Angkor Wat, is a square mile. The entire complex covers 26 square miles. It's necessary to plan some kind of transportation to get from one temple to another. Usually you can arrange for an open taxi to meet you in the morning and drive you around for the day.
If you'd like to see Angkor Wat from a different perspective you can take a hot-air balloon over the site at daybreak.
Posted by Nancy O.