Sunday, August 21, 2011

Old glory

Day 75: Temple ruins

This morning, we got up and had breakfast at the extensive buffet at our hotel, before getting bicycles from our hotel and biking over to Angkor Wat, the temple ruins that we have come here to see. We parked our bikes and walked over to the temple grounds. The ruins were huge and quite amazing. We wondered what it all must have looked like in its glory days. It must have been so beautiful. On our walk back, we managed to see a video shooting of an “Apsara Dance” being performed by five traditionally dressed girls, with the temple ruins in the background. They looked magnificent!

When we were done with these ruins, we decided to go back to the hotel just as it started pouring! So we put on our raincoats and biked back to the hotel. Needless to say, we still got soaked, but it was kind of fun to be carefree and biking in the rain. We had lunch at the hotel, and then realized there were many more ruins than we first thought there were, so we grabbed a tuktuk and went to Angkor Thom, our next set of ruins. We walked through all of the ruins there, which were equally beautiful, and we still couldn’t imagine what this all must have looked like right when it was all built under the rule of a king.

Once we were done, we headed back to the hotel and got ready for dinner. Our restaurant sent a car to pick us up, and took us to a cute little restaurant in a really quiet area. The restaurant was owned and completely family-run, which was nice. And the food was amazing – some of the best we’ve had! 

When we were done, they dropped us back to our hotel, and we went to bed, nice and full! 

 Apsara dance

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