|The Hard Rock Cafe of Siem Reap|
Our last entry from Cambodia before flying out to Sumatra tomorrow morning on Air Asia. We've been in Siem Reap, the city at the edge of the huge complex of temples at Angkor for 5 days now and made two visits to the temples, both starting early to avoid the heat of the day which, most people are agreed is unusually hot.
It is not just the heat of direct sunlight but also the humidity, which makes it very difficult to do any physical activity from around 10:00am until at least 17:00. Even the air-con set on maximum cool at all times doesn't keep us cool enough at night so we're having the fan on as well. There's no mosquito net so were having to keep covers over us while we sleep, but even then the blighters have bitten neck, face and bits of arms hanging out while we sleep. That's even after us swatting the few that get into the room, we just don't know how they get in! I've even got sunburned sitting in the shade by the pool from reflected sunlight, so have to keep clothes on even in the shade.
|Sights around Siem Reap|
|A well kept Wat in Siem Reap. That's an elephant hedge|
|The same Wat from a different angle|
|The iconic pre-dawn view of Angkor Wat, 50 min before sunrise|
|Were we alone at this spiritual moment? Er...no!|
|And this is what you have to contend with to get 'that' photo!|
|Our early morning walk round inside Angkor Wat|
|Some of the beautiful stone carvings|
|The inner, inner courtyard of Angkor Wat|
|Some of it is decidedly showing its age, in fact a lot of it is!|
|My best sunrise photo|
|An interesting sunrise photo!|
|Our tuk-tuk driver outside Bayon|
|This is Bayon 'smiling face' temple inside Angkor Thom|
|Under one of the 216 faces of Bayon|
|Nose to nose!|
A final point I must add are the cats here at the hotel and Mr Bun the owner. There's a very pregnant cat and three young kittens who bounce about all over the place. Mum cat doesn't know what to do with herself she is so hot and so pregnant, so Jackie has taken to bringing her into our air conditioned cool room where she spreads out on the bath mat, clearly enjoying the cooler air. She's not so happy when we go out, trying to find the coolest corner in the corridor, that still feels like a sauna!
|Remedial work at Bayon. Stone block just being lifted away|
A final meal tonight and then we get a tuk-tuk at 6:30am tomorrow to Siem Reap airport and say goodbye to Cambodia. Its been great, we really like the country, maybe we'll come again.
|The terrace of the elephants|
|The terrace of the leper king|
|Stone carvings of the wall of the terrace|
|Jackie, Brian, Esther, Chris and Mr. Bun at the Angkor Pal Boutique Hotel|
|A DIY BBQ dinner with Chris and Esther|
|Jackie with very pregnant mum cat, cooling off in our air conditioned room|