Siem Reap and Angkor

May 5, 2016

Somehow, after what seemed like ten very short days together in Thailand, Alex and I found ourselves on a plane to Siem Reap, Cambodia, ready to finish our time together by exploring the ancient temples of Angkor. I was excited for Angkor, and I was really excited for Cambodia after hearing so many wonderful things from other backpackers. Of course, things don’t always turn out the way you think they will, and my time in Cambodia ended up being less than magical, which is why this will be a very short post.

Alex and I spent a whole day exploring temples on our first day in Siem Reap, but were out of commission on day two after getting food poisoning from spring rolls (we’ll never eat fresh spring rolls again, thank you very much). After sending Alex off back to Nebraska, I spent my next few days getting back in the swing of solo travel and trying really, really hard to like Siem Reap. The heat and the relentless shouts from tuk tuk drivers eventually drove me to leave a couple days early and buy a cheap flight straight to Ho Chi Minh City. Part of me hated doing that. I really wanted to give Cambodia more of a chance, but sometimes you need to just go with your gut, and Vietnam was on my mind.

So, below are photos from one really glorious day at the Temples of Angkor. The good news is that Cambodia will still be there next time I go to Southeast Asia. I’ll be there again, that’s for sure.

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