A couple of weeks ago, I was in the back of a tuk-tuk driving from Bateary Srei temple to Beng Mealea temple in Siem Reap, Cambodia down a dusty dirt road (technically a remarque-moto, but only Lonely Planet writers and me call it that) grinning from ear-to-ear. I was in an extraordinarily joyful place. Part of it was that I really needed to be on vacation, and part of it was the I was really charmed by Siem Reap, Cambodia.
[It would be cliched and trite to use the Dead Kennedys song title for this post – besides I used all those references on Twitter and Facebook when I was actually there.]
About 1.5 years ago, my friend Brian emailed me – Southeast Asia. May 2011. Be There.
So through some not-so-careful planning, I ended up flying to down to meet him and Ashley for what was supposed to be dinner and breakfast, but ended up just being breakfast, but I was in Siem Reap!
Spoiler alert: Siem Reap is now my favorite chill little backpacker town in South East Asia. For some reason the parade of backpackers looking ridiculous in their white-guy dreadlocks or Thai fisherman pants didn’t annoy me like they usually do. For some reason the streets full of urchins trying to sell you cold drinks, postcards, magnets or Khmer scarves weren’t so annoying. I think its because the town was so charming – but I think also the temples were the greatest thing I’ve seen.
So, temples. Siem Reap is rife with them. Angkor Wat, everyone has heard of. The largest religious complex in the world. Next to that is the royal city of Angkor Thom, the jungle complex of Ta Prohm (featured in the Tomb Raider movie with Angelina Jolie), Pre Rup – let’s just say there are a lot of temples. Surprisingly, despite the abundance of temple hopping, I did not get temple’d out.
Here are some photos:
Ta Prohm (which was my favorite temple)
There are over 350 photos here.
Still to come, your humble author talks about Cambodia food (thumbs down) and taking a helicopter ride (thumbs way up)