Travel Elysium

Not all that glitters is gold

Not all those who wander are lost – J.R.R Tolkien

I’ve been crazy busy working in the administration at the school! Bit different from what I signed up for, but that’s another story.

Let’s rewind back to Monday, that was a good day. It was a public holiday and yet I was still up at 4am, say what? Angkor Wat. Went to view the magnificent temples at sunrise. I think the company was like Birds eye or Bluebirds or something. It was only $13 and then you buy the ticket separately for $20 one day pass.

Sunrise

Sunrise

There were so many people there at that time you kinda had to fight for a good spot. I also worked hard to pretend there was no one else in photos.

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Had a few friends join me for sunrise

Sun rising up being Angkor Wat

There is a dress code you need to be mindful of, keep your shoulders and knees covered at all times (preferably chests too).

I went in an air-conditioned coach which did hotel pick up and drop off, and provide free water – please remember to tip your guide, I forgot and I’ve been feeling guilty since Monday. The guides don’t get paid much money and they do a good job.

I wore jeans, not highly recommended.

I wore jeans, not highly recommended.

My tour ran from 5:30am to 12:30pm. By the end of it I was quite templed out. It’s just so hot that for that many hours you start to lose your appreciation, well I did anyway. I would quite happily go back for another round on my own though, just less hours.

For Tomb Raider fans this is Ta Prohm featured in the movie

For Tomb Raider fans this is Ta Prohm featured in the movie. 

I met some fellow Australians on my tour which made me feel pretty happy! I also ran into them the next day at lunch!

Vine swing

Vine swing

All in all, the temples are well worth a visit, I’d recommend getting a 3 day pass for $50 and maybe having a guide one day and a leisurely stroll the next trip. Try to visit the less known temples which are just as fantastic. I’m yet to see them, so here’s more Angkor Wat:

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