Visiting Cambodia has been top on my list for over a decade due to the ruins of Siem Reap. I absolutely love visiting ancient ruins of great kingdoms, and ever since Tomb Raider came out, I’ve been dying to see this place with my own eyes. Thankfully, all of my expectations were met, and I left feeling satisfied.
Not wanting to waste any precious time, we woke up at 4:30 the following morning to get an early start on our temple exploring. Even at 5am, we were able to find a tuk-tuk driver, and the ticket gates were open selling passes.
Wanting to avoid the crowds, we did things backwards. Most people head to Angkor Wat to see the sunrise, and then continue on to see the rest of the temple. We strted at Ta Prohm, and worked our way backwards until we got to Angkor Wat.
Ta Prohm was breath-taking. All of the trees growing around the ruins really made it feel like you stepped back in time as you walked through the temple grounds.
We explored other temples and ruins as we made our way to Bayon Temple.
As the day wore on, we finally made it to Angkor Wat, the largest of all the temples, and the largest religious structure in the world. Don’t ask me to pick a favorite because I can’t. Jared and I were awe-struck all day as we soaked in the ancient history surrounding us. Without doubt, our short visit to Siem Reap turned out to be one of my favorite days so far on trip. It is definitely a must to put it on and check it off of your bucket list someday!
Our fun in Siem Reap wasn’t quite over yet. After a day of exploring the temples, we wanted to check out the town some more. We ended up at the night market. Jared lead me to a street vendor selling… food?
After a crowd gathered around us, Jared informed everyone that I’d be eating tarantula and snake. I only ate a leg, and it honestly tasted fine… just like something fried. But, it was the thought of eating such a thing that made my stomach turn. I gladly gave the rest to my hungry husband who chowed it down like chicken. Yep, we ate snake as well. It didn’t taste as good as the tarantula, but it also didn’t taste bad, just something very hard that’s been fried.