After a very long day, we just had dinner and then went back to our hotel again as we have to wake up early for our sunrise date at Angkor Wat.
If your accommodation offers breakfast, you can ask them the night before to pack it for you so you can eat it while waiting for the sunrise.
Unfortunately, it was a cloudy day so the sun didn’t show itself over Angkor Wat. So if you really want to witness this, it’s best to go here during summer when there is least chance of raining.
After breakfast, Reah bought us to a modest Buddhist temple and school. We were able to speak with the man who converted himself to be a monk and dedicate his life to this place.
Some few minutes later, we bade him farewell and headed off to our first major trek of the day.
After presenting your Angkor Pass at the base, you can now proceed with the 1500m trek. For someone who does not regularly exercise, I felt that this has compensated for all those times I’ve been lazy to run and play badminton. It really is quite a trek especially when your tour guide leads you to the more difficult trail. Crazy, humorous Reah.
Kbal Spean is also referred to as the River with a Thousand Lingas. ‘Linga’ is a Sanskrit word which means “mark” and is often represented by a phallic symbol. I’m no expert in Hinduism but I’m sure the Shiva linga is more than just a structure resembling a phallus. It may mean great power or something that is very distinguished mark.
Few minutes later, we decided to go back down but Reah led us once more to the more adventurous route.
- Make sure you start off your day here as it’s bound to get really hot. That way, you’ll be out of here before noon.
- If you’ll ask me, you can skip this place but if you don’t mind the climb, go ahead and explore.
- Don’t forget to bring water and extra shirt.
The airconditioned van is a welcome refuge after that tiring climb. But we were already at our next destination before we can really bask in the comforts of our seats.
Among the temples we have visited, I find this temple the most charmingly exquisite. It’s another Hindu temple that has been standing since the 10th century and fondly referred to by the locals as the Pink Temple or Lady Temple.
What it lacks for in size, is very much compensated by its sheer exquisiteness and elaborate design. Come to think of it, its miniature size is actually a huge chunk of its charm.
It’s getting crowded again so we took that as our cue to proceed to our next destination.
This is a five-tiered Hindu temple built in the 10th century and dedicated to Shiva.
With the heat enjoying beating down our back, we headed off to our last stop.
Part of the Grand Circuit, this temple is built in the 12th century and translated as “sacred sword”. Much like Ta Prohm, this site has been left unrestored except for clearing the area and other maintenance works.
With one last look at Preah Khan, we hopped on the van and went back much earlier than we did the first day. That night however, it started to rain already. Though it didn’t stop us from dining over at Pub Street, it certainly was a prelude to what lies for us the following day.