Our last stop in Cambodia was Siem Reap. We took the 12 hour overnight bus ride from Sihanoukville to Siem Reap and arrived early in the morning to our hostel here, called Funky Flashpackers. It came highly recommended by some people we met on Koh Rong Samloem, and at first glance, it did not disappoint.
We couldn’t check in until 2pm, so we went to the hostel restaurant that is open 24 hours to eat some breakfast then hung out and tried to nap in bean bags that lined the pool area. Mid morning, the four of us girls decided that we deserved a bit of pampering after sweating on an island for 4 days. We headed to a nail salon for mani/pedi’s which cost a whopping 10 bucks and were so relaxing!
We spent the rest of the afternoon catching up on sleep since most of us slept very little on the bus ride the night before. After a nice dinner and a few beers at the rooftop bar at our hostel, we called it a night.
The following morning we woke up at 3:55am to catch our scheduled 4:15 tuk tuk to go see the sunrise at the most famous and largest temple in the world built in the 12th century, Angkor Wat! It was truly one of the most awe-inspiring sights I have ever seen!
After touring through Angkor Wat for over 3 hours, we were exhausted and sweaty. It’s so hot and humid here, especially in the clothing we were required to wear so our knees and shoulders were not exposed. We hopped back in our tuk tuks to head to the next temple, Angkor Thom. This ancient royal city was the last capital of the Angkorian empire, and is a sight to behold!
Our next temple to stop and admire was Ta Keo.
We didn’t stay long here, as it was sooooo hot out, we were ready to move on to the last temple and call it a day. The last temple we went to was called Ta Prohm. Unlike most Angkorian temples, Ta Prohm is in much the same condition as which it was found. There are humongous trees growing all around and throughout the grounds, which makes it seem kind of eerie! The movie Tomb Raider was filmed at this temple.
It was an incredible day touring the most famous temples in the world! We were so exhausted after being in the heat for 8 hours, we came back and napped and hung around the hostel until time for our final dinner and evening as a group of 5.
We had a nice dinner of Khmer cuisine (Cambodian food) and hung out at our hostel on the rooftop playing every card game we have played over the last 2.5 weeks and then went to Pub Street with the entire hostel and partied and danced until we were dead tired and ready for bed!
Saying goodbye to my travel buddies was incredibly hard. I first met Patty and Qamile almost 6 weeks ago and have seen them and traveled with them so much since then, it will be so weird to not have them around. Then I met Kreni and Imran when I decided to start traveling with this crew over 2.5 weeks ago. We have all become so close and share a bond that will never be broken. Such is the traveling life though! I’ll always treasure the memories made with this amazing group of people and we will see each other again….we have already made plans for when I will be in Europe later this summer! So, in our final moments together, we said no “goodbyes”, only “see you soon”!
I am ecstatic for what’s up next…heading to the Philippines to meet back up with Kerry to scuba dive as much as possible and explore the islands!