ANGKOR WAT, SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA
Angkor Wat. Mind BLOWN! Call me Tomb Raider has I explore this place! Angkor Wat is definitely Cambodia's most iconic landmark and rightfully so. The ruins and temples were incredible and I can't believe these things exist! Rachael and I flew all the way to Siem Reap specifically for these temples. The second we landed at the airport we hopped into a taxi and headed to explore these babies. Turns out there are a total of three temples - each one so different from the first. The first temple and most iconic temple was very renovated and beautiful. We were able to go to the very top of the temple and get a very beautiful view of the valley. We had to cover our shoulder to go to the top so we threw on our rain jackets and it was a million degrees climbing the steep steps to the top in polyester coats that have zero air flow. We were dripping sweat by the time we climbed to the top. There were a few monks meditating throughout the temples. Such a neat and very real experience to see. The temples were built in the 12th century as a mausoleum for the then ruler. Since then they have transformed into Buddhist temples dedicated to the Vishnu - the God of preservation. The second temple was fun to explore and less touristy and crowded. The temple has so many secret pathways and hidden hallways. You could explore for hours on end! The third temple was a bit more of what I was expecting Angkor Wat to be, very ruin like with overgrown trees and "forrest-y". This is the least preserved of all temples and it was fun to see how the archaeologists label the stones and rebuild the temples to their original structure. We explored for quite sometime in the ruins before heading to our hotel. We stayed at the Sarari Resort and it was BEAUTIFUL. The cutest and most charming hotel in Siem Reap that has a very Moroccan feel to it. The marble floors were gorgeous and we seriously loved this place. So cheap and so great. If you ever find yourself in Siem Reap this hotel would be my recommendation to you! xx, m.