Siem Reap HighBack from Siem Reap! I had such an amazing time that I didn't really feel inclined to sit down in a cyber cafe and blog about my experiences because there were so many anyway. Instead I wrote e-mails to friends and chatted online whenever I could - it helped dispelled some of the initial loneliness when I first arrived. But I quickly acclimatized to solo travelling and truly enjoyed going around on my own and meeting new people.
Took tons of pictures -- over 300 photos! Quite a feat considering that I had forgotten my rechargeable batteries and ended up being ripped off by buying batteries that were repackaged as new (and sold for a price!).
Funnily enough, my favourite moments weren't just of Angkor but rather the wonderful opportunity I had to visit a floating village on Tonle Sap lake, and learn more about the community project that this local ngo had started. I loved the kids at the floating primary school that we stopped by. I'm so glad that I got to see these kids first compared to the beggar kids at Angkor.
I had such a great time in Cambodia that I do want to go back -- and see more of it, and less of the touristy areas (like Siem Reap). I really want to explore more of IndoChina: Laos and Burma especially.
And oh yes, the temples are indeed an experience that you have to see for yourself. The hordes of tourists didn't ruin it for me because there were enough temples to explore and contemplate their vast history, art and architecture. I'd wake up at around 4:30 a.m. and be on the road by 5 a.m. and you certainly would often have parts of the famous temples like Angkor Wat or Angkor Thom for yourself.
I ought to blog about it soon, if only for myself. My favourite temples are of Ta Phrom (fig trees growing on the ruins of the temple) and Angkor Thom. If you get to Ta Phrom early enough.. you could have it to yourself.. Absolutely magical! And Angkor Thom is just gorgeous.
And if I had a dollar for every Cambodian man who proposed to be my sweetheart, why I'd have... maybe five dollars. Hmm...
I can't wait to travel again. What can I say.. I've been bitten by the travelling bug.
A good friend commented to me today that solo travelling is so lonely but I beg to differ.. You could meet so many people while travelling on your own, plus you get to do whatever you want without worrying about the other person. Plus, there's this great sense of adventure! Imagine telling your kids one day, "mamma travelled to Cambodia on her own and saw and did lots of interesting things!" Don't get me wrong, I still think it would be great to travel with the right partner -- someone who is not too clingy and we could do separate things doing the day, when it's called for, and then meet up again for dinner to share our experiences.
I'm addicted! I can't wait to go again!
p/s I know that a few people commented on my last posts -- I apologize for not getting back to you. This blog has been neglected due to interest in other areas, plus a little more appreciation for privacy and well, edited posts of experiences I probably wouldn't want to share with the rest of the world. Heh.