We woke up at 4.30am today, bright and early in order to see the sunrise at Angkor Wat; it would be straightforward – cycle to Angkor and walk round the temples, but no.
Olly went flying this morning as we were trying to be quiet – he slipped on the floor and threw his bottle across the hallway, landing on his backside (which he claims is ‘bruised’) so much for not waking the hotel up. It was one of them moments where you don’t know whether to be concerned or laugh – I chose the latter.
We grabbed our squeaky, gear-less bikes and pedalled in the pitch black (with no helmets or lights as they didn’t have any), down unlit roads, supposedly towards the temple. We reached the gates, but apparently we needed a ticket, even to watch the sunrise. It turns out the ticket office was 16km away and we were going to miss the sunset, so Olly started sulking. Eventually, I got a backie on the back of a policemans moped, and for $5 we each rode to the ticket office, got tickets and managed to get there just in time for the sun rise at 5.45 am.
The first think Olly said when I reminded him it was a wonder of the world – “well it’s not that wonderful” Mr.Ungrateful!
We ended up cycling 35 kilometres altogether and almost died – there was no cushioning on the seats and the brakes didn’t work. We also weren’t used to cycling on the ‘wrong’ side of the road and had to use our initiative when crossing traffic lights – supposedly red, green and amber lights all mean ‘go’.
We got lost despite having a map and ended up at this temple.
When we got out of the temple, Olly had lost the key to the bikes so we were stuck in the middle of nowhere with two bikes chained to one another. Luckily, the guard found our key so I looked after it instead.
We then proceeded to the ‘tomb raider’ temple, where Lara Croft was filmed – but I’d lost my ticket. After about 10 minutes of pleading, they still refused to let me in, so I sent Olly with the camera whilst I sat on the floor looking sad in the hope they’d let me in – obviously not!
We then cycled back into Siem Reap in the desperate search of food. (Bearing in mind we ate our pre-packed breakfast at 6am which barely touched the sides.)
We’re now just chilling by the pool, letting the lactic acid build up in our legs – we also walked 10 kilometres too!
Al and Ol xxxxxxxxx