08.04.2010 - 08.04.2010 38 °C
The next day after arriving in Siem Reap we got up nice and early for Breakfast, an amazing buffet breakfast was included with the room price so we had a big breakfast to set us up for the day at Angkor. After breakfast we hired a Tuk Tuk driver for the day and he (Mr. Lek as he liked to be called) took us to Angkor and some of the surrounding temples. We stared off at the main temple, Angkor Wat.
When driving up towards the temple you are almost in a bit of shock to see the scale of the temple. It is surrounded by at moat that is about 80 wide and a wall about 5 meters high. The temple itself it located within the walls, and surrounded by what was once a small city but now there is not much to show that there once was a city within the walls. As mentioned, the scale of this temple is huge and words can't describe how big it is. I will let the pictures do the talking for me.
When walking through Angkor its hard to imagine all the work that went into building the place. It must have taken thousands of workers so many years to build it. And the details that went into every piece of stone were just as amazing and awe inspiring. Although a lot of the details have eroded away over the years, there are still some pieces of stone that have the carvings that are still visible.
These pictures are just from the first of three days at Angkor. We are currently on Koh Samet right now enjoying the last few days of our trip. We will post photos and another blog about the rest of our time in Cambodia and Angkor when we arrive back in bangkok on the 17th. Right now we are going to go out and enjoy some sunshine and some beaches!!