The Early Bird Gets the Worm

For our final day of touring Angkor we got up early and headed out as the sun was coming up. Fortunately we were able to explore the countryside and some further out temples with basically no crowds and with relatively cool temperatures. Unfortunately it wasn't until the last day that we discovered how great the early morning hours were for touring the area.

We hired a tuk-tuk to drive us the 30 km (19 miles) from Siem Reap to Banteay Srei. It's a relatively small temple about 25 km from the main Angkor temples, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in its intricate red sandstone designs. On our way out we got to see some of the beautiful countryside that surrounds Siem Reap. The golden rice fields, small villages on stilts and the friendly Khmer people. Once we got to Banteay Srei we found a mostly deserted temple basking in the newly risen sunlight. It really had a magical feel to it.

Temple Outlines

We rounded out the day exploring a few of the remaining Angkor temples we hadn't seen in the days before. Enjoying the early morning so much from the day before we got up the next day as the sun was coming up for a nice run. We ran out on some unoccupied side roads and ran back with a mass of scooters and cyclists heading into Siem Reap, it was fun being able to pass the slower moving ones.

We really enjoyed Siem Reap and the Angkor area. There are so many things to explore and the smaller size of the city made it really easy to get around and we both loved getting back on a bike.

1 comment:

  1. Awe, you guys are so cute. I love the photos and the tales of your adventure - Melanie