Today we headed off before light to view Angkor Wat at sunrise. It was an amazing structure with the sun rising just behind it and reflected in the pond in front. The hotel had supplied us with tiffins…containers with breakfast so we took a break before exploring. Walking around the site meant many photos were taken and the stone carvings on the walls were very detailed. We queued to climb the stairs to walk around the upper story and visit the temple there. Again…wonderful views.
After several hours we decided not to return to the hotel but with Loris and Ian we took a tuk tuk to several other temples. First was Prah Khan followed by Neak Pean, Eastern Mebon and Pr Prerup. The tuk tuk was a cool break from exploring these ruins. While Angkor Wat and Prah Khan and Neak Pean had limestone outer walls, the main buidings were constructed of sandstone. However with the latter two , limestone smaller brick like stones had been used for the main buildings. Less restoration had been carried out on these than on the temples of Angkor Wat, Bayon and Ta Prohm which had been visited yesterday. There were more trees growing through the ruins and we couldn’t help but be amazed at the extent of all these temples in particular Angkor Wat surrounded by a moat.
The afternoon was spent leisurely and after the group meeting to discuss tomorrows departure we enjoyed another dinner of local cuisine.