Posted by: Bert and Tania | January 16, 2010

World’s Largest Religious Structure

We made it via various buses from Bangkok to Siem Reap in Cambodia on 9th Jan. From there we chilled and shopped in Siem Reap for a day then visited the world’s largest religious structure, Angkor Wat.

We got tuk-tuk’d there at 5.30am to sit with two thousand(ish) other people on the side of a lake and watch the sunrise over the 12th Century hindu (and then buddhist) structure built by king Suryavarman II. There are loads of other temples around Siem Reap too – we heard of a couple who were spending seven days visiting temples. Eight hours was enough for us and we bailed out of staying for the sunset (I imagine it would be much like the sunrise, but backwards, right?). One of the temples was pure Indiana Jones with amazing massive old knarly trees growing over through and on top of the temples, that was my favourite. Very cool.

Another significant fact about Siem Reap is that you can get a draft beer for 30p and happy hour lasts for the entire opening hours of most bars. Nice.

Cambodia is scam hell. We managed to pay only five dollars bribe to get our visas, which the Lonely Planet says is as low as you can go.

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