HELLO SIEM REAP!
I originally planned to spend 3 - 4 days in Siem Reap, but after rolling into town in the dead of night via tuk-tuk I decided to roll right back out after 2 days. It's like that sometimes, I suppose. I'm not sure if it was feeling as though I were in a ghost town coupled with not wanting to stay in a place longer than necessary, or just being ready to move onto to Phnom Pen and get it over with as I knew that would be the most taxing part of this particular trip.
Anywho, I showered, napped, and awakened at 3 a.m. so that I could make my way to Angkor Wat for sunrise at 5:30 a.m. As scheduled, my tuk-tuk driver arrived on time and off we set for the majesty of Angkor Wat's sunrise. After a 20 minute tuk-tuk ride, we arrived and sure enough, there it sat juxtaposed against the surrealness of the pinkish orange cotton candy sky....Angkor Wat Temple.
Whilst there, be sure to go into the temple (ensure your shoulders and legs are covered or you'll be chided and possibly ejected) where you'll more than likely see Buddhist monks who have journeyed to the temple as part of their pilgrimmage. With shoulders covered, I entered the temple, saw a monk, and went over with the intention of conversing & asking curious questions about what his life is like. He motioned for me to sit with him on his mat and because I familiarized myself with a few of their customs I knew to ensure my feet pointed away from him. After a 5 minute chat, he asked for my left wrist where he tied the red string (serves as a reminder to practice compassion), water blessed me, and sent me on my way.
I was told that it would take 3 - 4 days to fully explore Angkor Wat and the other temples around the complex, so I opted to see two--Angkor Wat and Ta Phrom where scenes from Tomb Raider were shot.