28 May Temple Time: ANGKOR
Greetings from Siem Reap!!!
Alive and refreshed from our adventures in Thailand. After a 24 hour journey from the hill tribes to the infamous home of Angkor Wat, the group is enjoying the pool and digesting the Mexican feast we ravenously devoured last night. Life is, to say the least, GREAT!
After a mellow night, we jumped two feet in and 4 tuk tuks deep into the wonder of Angkor Wat yeasterday morning. Seven am came way to quickly but by the end of the day not a single person regretted the early start and nobody came home early.
Siem Reap is famous for one of the world’s ancient wonders, Angkor Wat. Tourists from around the world travel to the town of Siem Reap to marvel at the largest religious structures in the world. The Angkor Empire dominated the South East Asia region from the 9 to 13th century. The array of temples were constructed by the various kings throughout their reign in honor of Hinduism but as the religion of Buddhism swept through the region the temples transitioned with faces of the Buddha taking over. Angkor Wat, Tha Phrom, and Angkor Thom are the three most famous temples but more ambitious groups wandered through many of the other temples scattered in the massive park. Others attempted to tame the wild monkeys in the area! Be warned, monkeys may seem cute and unassuming but when there are mangoes involved…
After a night on bar street, we are once again relaxing and planning out the adventures of Phnom Penh. This evening will be filled with a visit to the ACODO orphanage on the outside of town to take in some traditional Khmer dance followed by a night market and some massages by the blind.
Never a dull moment on the side of the world…
Over and out until we hot the capital city!!
the SEA crew