Sunrise at Angkor Wat + More Wandering | Cambodia

I arose at dawn to meet my motorbike driver, Mao, (shown in this entry sleeping in a hammock) who took me through the crisp morning air to join the masses for sunrise at Angkor Wat.

Though it was crowded with tourists (many of which were using tripods and cameras, which they clearly didn’t really know how to use!), it was magnificent to watch the sun emerge from behind such a masterful piece of ancient architecture.

>>Travelers, be careful not to sit on the mats right in front of the lake, or a local vendor will suddenly appear and insist you are sitting on “their mat.” They will offer you tea or coffee and charge you a dollar or two for the mat and coffee. Crafty business, if you ask me!<<

After a much needed nap, I headed back out some of the remaining temples. It was a long few days of site seeing in some unbearable heat, and at times I wished I had a friend or fellow traveler with me, but at other times, I was happy to move at my own pace and take photos without being hurried. I was really happy when our third day of temple-seeing came to an end, because I was staying at a really sweet gusthouse, Okay 1 Villa, which provided a rooftop pool and clean room at $8 night. (Traveler tip: make sure to ask for the secret cheap rooms). I met a bunch of awesome people there, (you will get to see a bit of our antics in an upcoming post-Shout out to Lauren, Nadja, and Peter!), and rather than moving along, I decided to linger in Siem Reap for a while…and get into some trouble.

they were getting ready for a wedding…

this young lady made a tough sell for some water…. even though i already had some i couldn’t turn her down.

my lovely driver

i love these two pictures, this lady cracked such a smile for me!

this band is comprised of victims of land mines… it’s a genuine way to support land mine survivors and it also supports local traditional music

this nun gave me a blessing…

i climbed this steps, and it’s more dangerous than it looks!

i love this photo of this monk futzing with his camera phone!

this little boy came up to me and hugged me. didn’t ask for money just more hugs! gotta love it.

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