Okay! So, i booked a bus to Siem Reap early, my bus left at like 7.30 or something ridiculous. Came to the bus station. Nobody there except Khmer people. Nobody spoke english. Suddenly a tuktuk with three (not to be racist), but white travelers. Two guys and a girl. The girl got pointed to the direction of a minivan, the guys stood there waiting. A man came and took my bag and put it inside the minivan aswell. The van filled up with a little Khmer family, husband, wife, little baby and one of them's mother. Haha. And me, and the girl from the tuk tuk. Her name was Heather. Since the minivan was so empty i got three seats all to myself, and it was very early in the morning so i just lay down with my sarong wrapped around me and fell asleep listening to podcasts. The drive to Siem Reap was supposed to be around 3-4 hours. After about 3 hours or so the van suddenly broke down in the middle of f****** nowhere. They tried all sorts of tricks but it just wouldnt start. We were stranded outside the house of a family relaxing in their hammocks, so me and Heather went out to talk to them, and play with their puppies. We were stranded for almost two hours. So i got to know Heather quite well. We arranged to go and do the Escape room in Siem Reap, and exchanged our numbers so we could keep in touch on WhatsApp. We were staring to get a bit worried about being stranded, as the drivers didnt speak a word of english, and neither did anyone else that was around. We saw them running back and forth with waterbottles, jumping on scooters and coming back with cans of gas, washing car-parts, trying to start the van an x-amount of times. No luck. We were just like... oh well. Siem Reap is 20 km away so if all else fails we'll walk. Everyone from the village around were coming to help start the van, and we got served some watermelon and bananas from the family whos house we were outside. Again, Khmer people are so friendly and helpful.
After a few hours, while me and Heather were still sitting trying to communicate with the locals we were called over to help push the van. By this stage there had been like 10 men working on trying to get the van started. We all pushed the van down a little hill and suddenly we heard the motor start! YAY. Success! We all jumped in and off we went the rest of the road to Siem Reap! Fell asleep again, and woke up when we were there. Jumped in a tuk tuk and found my hostel, chilled out for a bit. Got a msg from Heather, saying she was staying in the same hostel as the boys from this morning who got on a different bus, and that they were all going to see se Angkor Wat temple at sunrise, if i wanted to join. Ofc i want! So got an early night and set my alarm on for 4.30! The plan was to be outside their hostel at 5.
Next day, woke up in the pitch blackness. The guy in reception was asleep on the chair. I sat in the bar area trying to get ahold of Heather, but she was offline. It was like almost 5 at this stage. Had they gone without me? How do i get to their hostel? Was confused and getting stressed. And a rat ran across my feet. Finally at like 5.10 Heather was like "oh i just woke up, come to us and we will just eat breakfast and then leave." Walked outside and caught a tuk tuk right away, he said he could wait for mye friends and take us all to the temples after aswell. Came to the hostel, Heather was not there. Found the boys, they were annoyed. The sky was getting lighter. They said they had been waiting for her for an hour. The plan was to leave at 5 and by this stage it was 5.30. They had all finished their breakfast haha. "She really wasnt kidding when she said she needed some time in the morning" they were saying. Could feel their frustration. The boys were Jakob and Lee, two londonboys. Finally Heather came out of her room with an apologetic look on her face. She ate her breakfast, and the tuk tuk driver told her she should put something on that covered her shoulders, so she went back in her room to change. That took like 10 mins. She came back out, couldnt find her ATM card, panicked, went back to look for it. Took another 15 min, now the sun had come out and we had officially missed sunrise by far. She ended up not findind her card, so we just went anyway. Got to the place to buy tickets, whe she realised she didnt get her change back from the guy this morning when she paid for breakfast. We told her she could borrow money from us, but she was like "Okay its not my day today you guys, i think ill head back." So after all the trouble and making us miss sunset she didnt even join us afterall. Haha, but whatever. So it was just me and the boys! We got dropped off at Angkor Wat temple. Was still very early in the morning so it was not THAT crowded yet, still a lot of people, but it got worse during the time we were there. And OMG. So mindblowing that that place is built in the 17th century. the size of that place is ENORMOUS. Cant even start to try and imagine how long it mustve taken to build that thing.
I think we walked around for almost two hours in Angkor Wat, walking through empty hallways, ruins, climbed up into the towers. I have so many pictures i dont even know where to start. Was amazing. After we got dropped off to another temple, and i think all together we saw about 7 different ones. So was a long day with a lot of walking.
Me and the guys! Jakobs sweaty back <3 HAHA!
This temple had like 5 flights of these steep stairs. Not skipping leg-day today! Was dead when we got to the top.
When we arrived at Angkor Wat is was like 7 am and we were only done at around 2 pm. We got some lunch at this really local place (i think the tuktuk driver was friends with the owners! haha) And then finally back to the hostel. I just fell asleep right away and woke up and had some dinner and talked to three australian guys at my hostel.