Finally, it's time for some blogging about my trip to Siem Reap to see the Angkor temples. In order to make it on our 6 AM flight out of Singapore, my friend Elizabeth and I left her apartment at 4 in the morning. This was the earliest we got up during the trip, but not by much. After an uneventful flight, we landed in Siem Reap and headed into town on a tuk-tuk. What is a tuk-tuk, you ask? The usage of the term varies widely, but in this part of Cambodia, a tuk-tuk is a small, three-wheeled carriage that is pulled behind a motorbike. They normally have a roof for shade and space for 2-3 people. Here's a picture, courtesy of wikipedia.
After Angkor Wat, we headed to Angkor Thom, which was one of the largest Khmer cities and served as the state capitol in the late 1100s. Apparently it used to house over 1 million people! I thought Angkor Wat was huge, but Angkor Thom was actually bigger. The 8m high outer walls measure 3km on each side! However, the temples inside Angkor Thom are much more spread out than in Angkor Wat. The most famous temple is Bayon. The craziest feature of Bayon are these faces, of which there are 216 of throughout the temple:
Next, we headed to Ta Prohm, one of the most photographed temples. This is because many of the trees growing within the temple have been allowed to remain, making for some very picturesque scenes. It was really interesting to see how the trees had grown in among the stones of the temple.
PS: exciting news! I just bought my tickets for the Grand Southeast Asia Tour, which commences in three weeks!