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Day 5 - Battambang to Siem Reap

We are heading to Siem Reap today and need to be there around lunchtime so we have the afternoon to see some temples before dinner and a show (traditional dance) tonight. Another early breakfast before heading out at 8.00.

The last part of our Battambang program was Ek Phnom Temple and that was our first destination this morning. On this site is the ruin of an old temple in the Angkor style and a newer Buddhist Temple. The ruins were really interesting from an architectural perspective. There was also a little schoolroom on the site which was interesting.

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We had one other short stop at a stone carving village. There were some really colourful small things, probably made of plaster and some huge stone statues. We bought an ice cream.

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We arrived in Siem Reap about 12.30 and met our Siem Reap guide at the restaurant where we were having lunch. Pollim is a specialist guide for Angkor so he takes over from here and Rin returns to Phnom Penh. The restaurant served Khmer food and we had a nice pork dish with cashews.

After lunch Pollim took us to the Angkor registration centre where our photos were taken and our tickets for Angkor issued. Your photo is on your ticket and you have to show the ticket at every temple. Once we had our tickets we continued to Angkor Wat. This is one of the most famous and often photographed temple complexes but really seeing it is very different. It's much bigger than I expected and altogether more impressive. There are three levels in the main temple with the top level reached by steep wooden stairs which are a little scary. But the views are spectacular and worth the climb.

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We spent about 2 hours in Angkor Wat and just made it back to the bus in time to beat the rain. It was spectacularly hot and by the time we got back to the bus most of us were soaked in sweat and ready for a shower. The group has split across two hotels again and we are staying at the 4 star Metta Residence & Spa which is just beautiful. The shower is almost as big as our bathroom.

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A shower, change of clothes and a drink at the bar and we were back on the bus at 6.30 for dinner and the Apsara dance show. The dinner was ok but the tradional dancing was lovely.

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Breathtaking!!

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