Biking around Angkor
12/13/11 - 12/13/11
Day two at the Angkor Temples I decided to ride a bike instead of taking a TukTuk (Yes, a real bicycle, not a motorbike). Although this sounded like a good idea around 8am, it was a lot of work and by sunset I was ready to be home. I started off by exploring the grand Angkor Wat temples. Although I had watched sunrise here the day before, I didn't climb inside the temples and explore on my own. And for the next three hours, this is where I stayed.
Angkor Wat is surrounded by an outer wall, 1024 by 802 m and 4.5 m high, then is surrounded by a 30 m apron of open ground, and lastly a moat 190 m wide. The size of this area is much bigger than it looks on the map - Remember, this is just ONE temple shown. Once inside the temple, there are various different levels within the center core, and in the middle on the top there is the Wat.
This is the biggest temple within the complex, the busiest temple, and the most well known. Being able to climb to the top of this temple was an amazing experience. From Angkor Wat I biked around the complex along the smaller loop, and saw various other temples and of course went back to TaProhm for a second day.
For the end of my second day, I hiked up the mountain in the middle of the Angkor Temples to Phnom Bakheng. This is where I decided to watch the sunset from on my second day in the temples. Two full days of climbing up temples, biking everywhere, hiking a mountain and taking in the views was the highlight of my time in Asia.
Note: the little circuit is Siem Reap - Angkor Wat west gate, Bayon, Victory Gate, Takeo, Ta Prohm, Sra Srang, Angkor Wat east entrance - Siem Reap with a Distance of 30+ km. I was ready for sleep by the end of this.