Siem Reap01 mai 2015
In Asia, nothing can be taken for granted. So when we started our bus trip to Siem Reap in a completely empty bus, we were happy but suspicious and right to be: half way to our destination, we stopped to pick up a whole group of noisy young Cambodia.
Once in Siem Reap, we left our bags in our nice room and went for a walk in town. We had lunch, visited a nice temple and had beautiful and delicious cupcakes for dessert :-)
Because it was really really hot, we got back to our hotel to enjoy the swimming pool!
Then, we hired a tuk tuk driver and went to buy our 3 day pass to visit Angkor (when you buy it after 4:30 pm, you can see a sunset on the temple for free and use your pass the next day). So we chose to go to Phnom Bakheng to see the sunset: what a deception!
First thing you notice is people. Angkor has more than 3 million visitors a year, and even if we are in low season, it was very busy. Then, a stupid "security guard" annoyed us because Isabelle was wearing a scarf instead of a skirt or a pant to cover her legs... He didn't want us to pass through while women wearing very short skirts could go. Unbelievable! We managed to pass through and climbed the "mountain" following hundreds of people. Once on the top, another stupid guard stopped us and this time, impossible to pass through, so Jeremie went alone but nothing up there. No sunset because it was too overcast and the temple itself was uninteresting.
So our first glimpse of Angkor temples was a bit disappointed. Hopefully it will be better tomorrow.
Once back to our hotel, we had another swim in the pool, very appreciated!