Girls gone wild

When you think of girls’ weekend, girls’ trip, or girls’ night out, you probably imagine martinis, dancing, chick flicks, going to Vegas, New York, pillow fights (for some of you) or what not.  At least that’s what Sex and the City has taught us. Anna, Irit, Eva and I decided to have our girls’ outing in Cambodia… Vegas did not make the cut.

Irit flew in from Hanoi, Anna from Singapore, Eva from Phnom Pengh, while I flew in from Ho Chi Mingh City to meet everyone in Siem Reap.

The four of us had heard so much about the breathtaking temples of Angkor. Some were as old as the 9th century. When we got there, we were absolutely marveled by what we saw.

Our first stop was the temple of Ta Prohm aka the “Tomb Raider” temple built in the 12th century.  This temple has such an air of mystery.  It is situated in the middle of the jungle and the surrounding natural elements are slowly taking over the temple. I still cannot put it through my head how people back in the 12th century had the ability to create such a marvelous and beautiful monument with such intricate details. Little did I realized that this was just my first stop…

We hired a tuk tuk driver for the week.  It’s better that way… you tend to build a good relationship with the driver, as he knows he will get steady money coming in for at least a week. Therefore, he goes out of his way to take care of you.  There are many tuk tuk drivers in Cambodia… most often go MONTHS without getting a passenger. We were lucky as ours turned out amazing!  He really watched out for us and gave us good advice on which temples to visit to avoid crowds and etc. He even managed to call the hotel to wake us up in time for the sunrise at Angkor Wat!

As we explored the area, we had to be sure to always stay on a marked path because to this day there are still many land mines still active just steps away from trails.  So we weren’t about to explore the off the beaten paths of Cambodia but as tourists, we had many things to see in the few days that we were there.   If you have some time, please check out my friend Carrie’s blog on a very different experience in Cambodia.  She went to Cambodia to work at an orphanage over the summer.

 

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