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Angkor Wat!

Written on: Wednesday December 19th, 2007

A journal entry from: See you next year!

Even though cycling around the site the first day was very nice, what we didn't realize was that visiting the temples is quite tiring in itself. They can be huge and you almost need to be an expert climber to climb some of the stairs (apparently the stairs have been made this steep and difficult deliberately, because the way up to the Kingdom of the Gods shouldn't be easy...or something vague like that).

So, needless to say, we were happy to hire a tuktuk driver for the next 2 days and go to some more remote temples.

We were warned before that the locals trying to sell you water, food and books all the time could be quite annoying, but Roy found the perfect way to deal with them. The young sellers usually ask you where you are from, and then try to impress you by stating your country's capital, number of inhabitants, and the name of the Queen or something (one did actually quite impress us by naming all of Maxima's children!).

So, before they had a chance, Roy asked them where they were from and then impressed them by naming Cambodia's capital, number of inhabitants and King's name. Most looked quite confused after that and instantly forgot the rest of their sales pitch! (We are still to find out if it works as well on the motor- and tuktuk-drivers that grab you while boarding a bus. Instead of ignoring them for a while -especially if there are about 10 speaking at the same time, all naming a "special price" for a ride to their hotel-, we should step of the bus, wave at them enthusiastically and shout: "Hi Guys, here we are, thanks for coming to collect us!").

Anyway, the Angkor Wat was a great place to hang out for a few days, even though nobody gave it us a tip. We found it all by ourselves!