Part 1 - Beng Mealea
This day was definitely the best day of my whole trip thus far. The sites were an adventure, the transportation was an adventure, everything was nuts....
We got up bright and early and started our day at six in the morning. We called around to several places to find the cheapest taxi available. We were quoted ninety dollars to one sixty. Even though the ninety dollar one sounded a bit sketch, thats the one we booked.
When the car arrived at our hostel and we were putting our bags in the trunk, i saw an army of ants crawling EVERYWHEREEEEEEEEEEEE IN THE TRUNK. it was disgusting, but there wasnt enough room in the back seat for our bags so i had no choice. Guess thats what we got the discount for....for bugs to infest our bags. Disgusting.
The drive to our first stop Beng Mealea was relativkey short, just an hour drives away. When we go there, we were the only ones there. We were
Greated by this adorable happy little cambodian girl.
Since this was less of tourist spot (bc it takes effort to get to), we pretty much owned this place.
One of the park operators came along with us to show us the way through the ruins.
I thought Angkor was cool, but this place was waaaaAyyyy more amazing. We had our own little adventure going through the temple.
Coleman definitely had more of an adventure than me though, he climbed anything and everything he could. I credit this to all the rock climbing hes been doing.
Im pretty sure if the park guy wasnt there, he would have done even crazier stuff.
The trees growing out of the building were insane. The trees took down many of the roofs...(rooves? I hve no idea what the plural is) and took down several walls.
LOOK WHAT I DISCOVERED! Veritical panoramic! Coleman asked me last week whether i could do vertical ones...i said no. I was wrong. Haha. The pic above...i am standing on a wall, with a tree growing out of it. Nuts eh?
Felt like we were on the set of tomb raider. Im pretty much dying to see the two movies again now. Lol.
We were lucky we went when we went because as soon as we got back to near the main entrance, there were five tour buses worth asian tourists. Cantonese to be exact. Man they were loud...soooo glad we were leaving.
Beng Mealea was by far the best part of our Cambodia trip. Its unfortunate that most people who visit Cambodia only do a quick visit to siem reap (Angkor wat area) and leave. Only a short ride away is this beautiful wonder. I LOVED IT! Good job coleman on finding it :)
The best day of my trip isnt over, next up, we travel four hours to get to Prasat Preah Vihear!
Location:Country roads, Cambodia