Monday (7th Dec)
Before the year comes to a close, here’s day 3 of the Cambodia run-cation! Never too late to complete a post!
Monday was our last full day in Cambodia. We did not want to waste a minute of it and so, we seized the day (literally). We went all out by signing up for a 10 hour tour of Angkor Wat. WHAT?!
Special thanks to Agnes and Sue for all the arrangements. I didn’t know what I signed up for. All of us just paid and we were guaranteed a full tour of Angkor Wat.
We were up by 8am. Had our breakfast (with loads of coffee) at the hotel and boarded the mini bus that was waiting for us.
These guys. Hilarious.
The journey was filled with laughter, loud chatter and one too many “wefies”.
First Stop: Bayon Temple (within Angkor Thom)
I had to use the bathroom before entering the temple so the rest went ahead. I was left to explore Bayon Temple on my own!
Bayon Temple was not very big with rubble marking its rather square perimeter. There were huge chunks of stones everywhere and one must be careful not to slip. The stones had been weathered and some of them were covered in moss.
I entered through the side where there was no one in sight. After climbing up some steep stairs, going through tight doors and dark alleys, I came to a quiet opening in the middle of the temple. It was so fun, I think I had an Indiana Jones moment.
Second Stop: Ta Prohm
After 1 hour, we met up, boarded the mini bus and headed to our second stop!
Obligatory JUMP SHOT before leaving the place!
Third Stop: LUNCH!
It wasn’t a lot of walking but I was tired after just visiting 2 temples. I was probably feeling the fatigue from the race the day before. Plus, the sun was scorching hot! But thankfully, the air was dry. So, you don’t feel icky and sticky like in KL.
Being tourists, the mini bus dropped us off at a touristy restaurant that served touristy food for touristy prices!
Fourth Stop: Angkor Wat
IT. WAS. MASSIVE!
I stood in awe at the foot of the temple. It took me a moment to soak in my surroundings and to try to grasps whatever I saw before my eyes.
It was an even longer walk from the main gate to the temple. And this time, the path was not lined with thick trees that covered everything in gloomy shadows. We were directly under the afternoon sun with its rays piercing through our skin. IT WAS HOT! I was feeling a little exhausted but I was excited to explore the place.
Climbing up the steep flight of stairs to reach the highest point of the temple. You had to be in long pants to enter!
The view from up there was breath taking!
We spent a good 2 hours at Angkor Wat! It was so big, we needed every minute of the 2 hours to explore the place. By then, everyone was really feeling the heat. We went across the road for ice cold coconut water and beer (not for me)! SO REFRESHING!
Fifth Stop: Bakheng Temple
It was about 3:45pm and we had one last stop at Bakheng Temple to watch the sunset.
The rest decided to call it a day and ditched the tour by riding Tuk Tuks back to the hotel! I was tempted to hop on the Tuk Tuk to head back to the hotel but decided against it. I didn’t come all the way here to walk this much only to give up at the end!
The thing about Bakheng Temple is that there is a limit of 300 people. So even though the sunset was not until about 5:45pm, we had to go a little earlier to avoid the queue.
It was a 10-15 minute hike up to Bakheng Temple. We entered at around 4:15pm. We had loads of time to kill. Thankfully, we had our powerbanks and 4G connection!
We waited until 5:45-6pm for the sunset. It was nice, nothing special but the view from up there was amazing!
When we came down from the temple, there were about 100 people queuing to get in! PHEW!
It was a long day. We hopped on the mini bus and headed back to our hotel.
Full body massage to end the day (FINALLY!).
So, that’s day 3 and also the end of my Cambodia run-cation! It was my first overseas run-cation and it was an AWESOME one! So many good memories and I had a lot of fun with the MMT gang. Once again, special thanks to the crew of Tom, Dick and Harry.
Thank you for topping off the year 2015 with a fan-fricken-tastic run-cation. It was a BLAST! Great ending to a good year. Love ya’ll.
Looking forward to 2016! 🙂