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Tamarra’s Travel Diary

Friday, 10 Nov 2006

Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia

MapOkay number two! ANGKOR WAT WOW WOW WOW WOW!! Really I could just fill and enitre page with a hundred adjectives that say amazing, incredible, awe invoking.... We got to Siem Reap by a 6 hour boat journey which was fantastic. Then we dropped our stuff and headed straight to Angkor Wat to see the sunset. Us and about 200 hundred others saw a sunny fireball set and turn the sky into an amazing red and then pitch black! The sun sets with a thunk this close to the equator. The next morning we were up at 4am and back at Angkor Wat for the 5am sunrise! UGH! But well worth getting up for. We hired a Tuk Tuk driver to take us around to all the temples for the day. Seeing Angkor Wat was so crowded we moved on and returned there later in the day. My favorite temple is called Ta Prohm, it is where Tomb Raider and Big Brothers were filmed. What makes this temple so impressive are the 500 yr old trees growing out/around/through the ruins! The thing that makes Angkor Wat so incredible is not just the size but all the carvings. The stones are huge and the temples are tall. The stairs would be an American lawyers dream come true! They are extremly steep, and not for the weak at heart or weak kneed or those who are afraid of heights! Don't look down! Each stone is carved with gods and flowers and elephants and dancing women and designs. It is a work of art. At 2pm after seeing about 5 different temples including the biggest (Angkor Wat) we called it a day. Today we decided to start at a more decent hour (8am) and we went to see the temples outside of the city. Well worth the bumpy hour spent in a Tuk Tuk to Bantry Srei. Even though this temple is small in comparison to many others its carvings make up for its size. This temple was a masterpiece. We then hired a motorcycle to take us 15 kms further (road was too bad for a Tuk Tuk) where we hiked up a mountain (45 mins) to an amazing set of carvings found in a river bed. It also had a refreshing waterfall to cool us off. We stripped down to bra and underwear and jumped in! You know me and the water! We changed out of our wet undergarments and put our dry (dirty, smelly) clothes on just before a group of tourists arrived! HEHEHEHE! Both of these days have been mind blowing! I couldn't possibly describe all that we have seen, but I promise pictures in the very near future! Love, T & C