Sunrise At Angkor Wat

June 8, 2008

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This morning we woke up at 4am to go see the sunrise over Angkor Wat (the main Angkor temple). What an amazing experience. We bought coffee from one of the little entrepreneurial Cambodian boys who arrived shortly after us. After the sun came up, we toured the temple, before getting breakfast at a nearby cafe. By 11am I was templed out. I was beginning to feel like I did in Kyoto, except it was sticky hot out.

The last temple was the Ta Prohm temple, otherwise known as the Tomb Raider Temple from Laura Croft Tomb Raider movie. This was my favorite temple of Angkor. It’s the only temple that the trees have grown over and inside the temple, so it’s a mix of trees and temple, which has turned into a catch-22, in that the trees and temples can’t be removed, because they support each other.

When we got back to the hotel, I swam and did leg kicks in the pool with Sarah (part of the triathlon couple). Then Orla (Irish girl) and I went into town in the rain, and got pedicures. It was fun to have some girl time, since it feels like I’ve been hanging out with the guys for two weeks. After dinner on Pub St, I picked up a few souvenirs at the night market.