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Angkor Wat

We met with another person who was recommended to us as soon as we got there. We visited the temples for 2 days - all amazng & built around the 12th century but after 2 days you get templed out & stop appreciating. Loved the first few though! Temple pass was $20 for 1 day or $40 for 3 days

We visited Phnom Bahkeng for sunset & climbed up the steepest dirt hills & it was so hot. Now they have a side path that is not steep & goes around the side of the hill - so much easier than the original path. It is now cordoned off but you can see how steep it is.

Visited Angkor Wat for sunrise & back then you could still climb up the tall towers. Leigh looked at the steepness of these almost vertical stairs & there was no way she was going up there. I had to & set off up hanging onto the side of a low wall beside these incredibly narrow stone steps. Three quarters of the way up my support wall disappeared & I had nothing to hang on to. I stayed there for about 10 minutes in absolute panic, with my heart just pounding! I froze & couldn't go up or down! Eventually, after calming myself down I crawled across to the other side that had something more for me to hang on to for the rest of the way up. I slowly got the top & on looking down, had no idea on how I would get back down. It is almost 90 degrees! Wandered around the top, admiring the views from there & on the other side came across a set of the same steep steps but with a handrail & people were going down here. What a relief!!!!

Visited Ta Prohm which I loved with the alien type trees that are growing through the walls & buildings. It was more Indiana Jones type temple than Angkor Wat.

We met a great tuk tuk driver called Pov who was so helpful. I have kept in touch with him & use him every time I have been back. He took us to meet his lovely wife who had just had a baby 6 weeks ago. We went to their small home & have kept up a lovely friendship.

We visited Tonle Sap Lake & the floating village. It was fascinating to see how they lived - rowing to a floating school, shops etc

In Siem Reap there were many begging children carrying babies - many we found out were trafficked. Children around the temples could be quite aggressive if you didn't buy from them.

Entrance

Entrance


Temple complex

Temple complex


Sunrise

Sunrise


Floating Village

Floating Village


Pov our tuk tuk driver

Pov our tuk tuk driver


Off to school

Off to school


Washing dishes in very dirty water

Washing dishes in very dirty water


In tuk tuk

In tuk tuk


Water buffalo

Water buffalo


Little cutie

Little cutie


Bath time

Bath time


Pov, Sina & Aphagna

Pov, Sina & Aphagna


Leigh & I with Aphagna

Leigh & I with Aphagna


Ta Prohm

Ta Prohm


Ta Prohm

Ta Prohm


Ta Prohm

Ta Prohm


Ta Prohm

Ta Prohm


Ta Prohm

Ta Prohm


Ta Prohm

Ta Prohm


Begging with a baby

Begging with a baby


Steep steps in Angkor Wat

Steep steps in Angkor Wat


How steep are they!!!

How steep are they!!!


Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat


Floating Village

Floating Village

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Cambodia

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