Thursday, August 03, 2006

Live from Phnom Penh

We are in the capital of Cambodia since three days, after a visit of Angkor. We took a plane from Bangkok to Siem Reap. Siem Reap is used as a base to visit the Angkor complex: about 1000 temples on a 400 sq km surface, most of them build between the 9th and the 12th century.

We visited the main temples in two days but you can buy 3-days or even 7-days pass. Unless you are a real fan of old stones, you won't be staying seven days in Angkor but two days was quite fine. Since it is currently not allowed to rent motobikes, we used a tuk-tuk to drive us around the temples. Now if you were thinking that you would be going around the temples alone, like Lara Croft (since the Tomb Raider movie was shot in Angkor), well think again. It is quite a crowded place with lots of tourists pouring into the main temples out from their huge A/C buses. Even when going early, you will see other tourists (believe me, we went at 5am on the first day) but still, it's a must-see in South East Asia.

We then took the bus for Phnom Penh (6 hrs ride) and it's a nice city on the river with lots of bars and restaurants to spend some quality time but we are not staying long: we are off to Vientiane (Laos) in two days.


Blogger Guillaume said...

I visited the maya cities of Chichen Itza and Tulum during my short trip to Mexico and I had to wait and carefully choose my angles to take pictures withour visitors on them so I see what you mean :)


2:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you go to Angkor to see the sunrise? I hope that you have had that of the most wonderful experience in my life...

9:58 AM  

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