We left Battambang on a bus to Siem reap along with Paul and Hannah. The bus was shorter than the others we had been on but otherwise much the same, full of locals and karaoke music. As usual we arrived quite a bit later than we should have so the four of us had a beer and some lunch before heading to our accommodation.
We had a quite day when we first got to Siem Reap which was great as we used it to plan / book upcoming travel arrangements. Siem Reap was a really cool city though and we even got to see a few really beautiful orange sunsets during our stay.
Jenna who we met on Koh Rong Samloem was also in Siem Reap as she had one more night before she flew home. Looking forward to catching up with her again, we decided a night out down pub street was in order. We met Jenna for happy hour drinks around 5.30 and not too long after that Paul and Hannah arrived so we continued drinking until we needed some food. We had dinner around the corner on a quieter street before heading back for some more fun. Pub street around 8pm basically turns into a big street party where everyone dances and drinks in the street. Its also cheaper in Cambodia to drink beer than water so it’s an easy place to get into the drinking spirit!
We had a really fun night and don’t have nights like that often on the trip however it did mean we pretty much rode off the following day and we felt quite guilty for wasting it. Also when we woke up we had a message from Jenna saying she had missed her flight! Luckily she only missed the first leg and could get another flight in time for the second one.
One of the main reasons we came to Siem Reap though was to see the Angkor Wat temples! Hannah, Paul, Charlie and I all hired a tuk tuk for the day to take us around all the different temples. It’s basically a big park with loads of different temples inside but the distances between the temples are quite far. We started at Angkor Wat which was impressive but so overcrowded it ruined it a little bit.
The second temple we went to was Ta Prohm which is well known from the movie tomb raider.
It’s also in my opinion far more fascinating that Angkor Wat! The temple has these amazing trees growing all over it and through it.
We were doing well on time so we visited what our driver called a ‘small’ temple which turned out to be massive. Being super hungry we stopped for a lunch break, our driver took us to a place he knew and annoyingly the food was extremely pricey. Full up from our overpriced lunch, we moved onto Bayon. It was very impressive from the outside and inside it was full of faces. It was really cool to walk around and see all the faces in the stone. We then walked back towards the restaurant where our driver was waiting and stopped at a couple more temples along the way including the Terrace of Elephants. Our day ended back at Angkor Wat temple for sunset where we enjoyed a couple of beers on the lake whilst watching quite a disappointing sunset. Sadly it was too cloudy to see the sun but nonetheless it was still really enjoyable.
Our last couple of days in Siem Reap were spent relaxing by the pool and catching up with Paul and Hannah. We had absolutely loved our time in Cambodia and meeting some great friends along the way. We were sad to say goodbye but we were also pretty excited as Charlie’s parents were flying out to Thailand to meet us.