After a night's sleep featuring a battle between disoriented me vs the mosquito netting (winner still undetermined), the 4:45 alarm seemed very early indeed! But it was time to see the sunrise over Angkor Wat, something I had read so much about. We got ready with a pretty minimal amount of talking (SMS is not much of a morning person and even for me, 4:45 is pushing it!) and met our tour guide Mr. Mony in the lobby.
It was going to be a full day! First we were off to the Angkor Wat complex to see the sunrise, followed by exploring the rest of the grounds. Then it was off to the royal city of Angkor Thom and the Bayon temple. Next would be the Elephant Terrace and the Leper King Terrace on our way to the overgrown temple of Ta Prohm.
|East "back" side of Angkor Wat|
Next, we walked around the second level with the bases of the five towers and the four rainwater pools. After being told about the third level, we walked up the central tower representing Mt Meru and took in the view from on high. There used to be no easy way up but now there's a wooden staircase built above the stone.
|Bridge Leading to South Gate|
|One of the gate heads|
|It's awesome to drive through!|
|Welcome to our temple!|
Next, we drive out the Victory gate and drove by the Elephant Terrace, King's stage and the Leper King Terrace. We walked around the terrace, which had several levels of interesting bas-relief.
|Aspara overgrown by roots|
|Our guide set me up for this picture and thought it was hilarious!|