End of day two of my three day stay in Cambodia, and all I can think is that I should have planned for more time in this country. The people are so friendly, the countryside is beautiful and the temples are plenty….and stunning. Yes, I will definitely be back and the sooner the better! When we arrived our hostel owner provided a two day sample itinerary:

Day 1:
The north gate of Angkor Thom City
Preah Khan
Kbal Spean (for the trekkers…45 minute forest walk)
Banteay Srey (finest of the Khmer Carvings)
Landmine museum
Palm Sugar Village
Banteay Samre and Banteay Kwei
and sunset at Banteay Srang

Day 2:
Angkor Wat at sunrise
Angkor Thom City
Ta Keo
Ta Phrom (the Tomb Raider jungle temple)

As you can imagine, this was a lot to cover off in two days. We skipped a few due to time, but for the most part covered the list. I say ‘we’, because Janet, the woman from England I met on the plane over here who is staying at the same hostel, and I both wanted to do this list, and we met Melissa from France the morning of day 1 at breakfast and together joined a threesome. We decided to hire a guide – best decision ever! – and a tuk tuk driver for the two days ($20 each day/person + temple entrance of $40 for a 3 day pass).

Since we covered so much in so little time, and since this blogger app doesn’t seem to arrange the pictures I upload in chronological order, I’m going to try to post things in groups or separately. The pictures don’t do it justice: this place is beautiful! I hear French and German spoken all the time here, and there are many Koreans and Chinese tourists. Surprisingly only a few Americans (not a single Canadian so far have I met). If you are thinking of going to Asia, plan on stopping in Cambodia – it’s amazing!