Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Sunset at Phnom Bakheng

2 June 2008 @ Siem Reap, Cambodia

At 4.30pm, Sovoeun picked us up from guesthouse and drove us to the ticket booth for Angkor Complex. On the road, we can see that most people ride on motorcycles [without helmets] and bicycles.

Bought the ticket at USD$40 for three days. But because we bought it at late evening, we're allowed to go in on that day for free though our ticket only valid on the next day.

A lot of people do that actually, to buy the ticket in the evening so that they earn half day in Angkor to watch the sunset, and that's what we planned to do.

We stopped at Phnom Bakheng for the famous sunset point. There're hundreds of touts trying to sell something to you. If you're good, you may get something with a good price, but if you're not a good negotiator, you better walk faster.

On the way up the hill, you can see a band performing some Khmer music [pic above]. Not only here, you can see these people perform at other temples around Angkor. They're the land mines victims trying to earn a living by selling their music CD.

Finally, Phnom Bakheng!

Some locals worshipping the statue

Another side of Phnom Bakheng

Right after we took some shots from this side, the sky turned grey and dark. The winds are rolling in and the sun went hiding behind the clouds. It's going to rain! We quickly climb to the top of the temple to look at the horizon of Siem Reap.

We don't have much time to enjoy the scenery as rain drops are failling on our heads. We rushed down the steep stairs and run down the hill as if we're being chased by mad bulls. Hilarious.

What a disappointment. I thought we'll be able to enjoy the sunset while sipping a cup of tea on the temple. Aihz... Despite the letdown, I was more keen on the visit to Angkor Thom the next day. Till then, stay tune. Billy, out.

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1 comment:

Eu Hua said...

You're in trouble man. I can pretty much pin point which are the images you took. The differences are very significant.

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