Day 12 – Angkor Waaaaaaat!!!

It was an early morning this morning, and I don’t mean 7am breakfast! The volunteers decided they wanted to see the sunrise over Angkor Wat…a wise choice! So it was 5am wake up and a 5:20am bus ride out to the temples. When we arrived it was very dark and you could only make out the outlines of the surrounding temples. But as we watched and waited the sun began to rise and even though it was behind some clouds the spectacle of Angkor Wat was amazing! While the sun continued to rise in the sky, our your guide had us sit down and he discussed the history and stories behind this magnificent temple. But now it was time to explore it! Walking through the craved hallways was breathtaking and an the history equally as interesting. We climbed to the highest point (which back in the day was only allowed by the highest monks and the king). We slowly made our way back down and took the side entrance and walked along the moat back to the bus.

Beautiful sunrise

Beautiful sunrise

Learning the history with an amazing back drop

Learning the history with an amazing back drop

Peekaboo!

Peekaboo!

temple fun

temple fun

Beautiful carvings of Aspara dancers

Beautiful carvings of Aspara dancers

The bus took us to the next masterpiece called Bayon temple; or the temple of faces. It’s has over 200 smiling faces 🙂 this temple is not as restored so walking through it, it feels as though this is how it looked when it was rediscovered.

Almost an exact replica haha

Almost an exact replica haha

Lauren stealing a kiss

Lauren stealing a kiss

The next temple, and most people’s favourite was Tah Prom or you at home may know it as the tombraider temple! It has amazing fig trees growing over the walls and taking over the temple. You can see from the photos! Stunning!

Carmen standing where many did a thousand years ago

Carmen standing where many did a thousand years ago

Stunning tree roots in Tah Prom

Stunning tree roots in Tah Prom

The day was very hot and many people were starting to wane (5am wakes ups will do that) so it was goodbye to the temples and hello to a free afternoon in Siem Reap to do as the heart desired! Massages, markets, naps, food and much more was had 🙂

It was a slightly sad dinner as this would be our last one together in town. Tomorrow we would be having dinner out in the community. The food was delicious! Khmer food all around and the atmosphere was ever better 🙂 an early night tonight for a big day tomorrow! Very exciting, we get to finish the house!…if we work hard enough of course.

Good night and a good tomorrow

~ Jess

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