We woke up early on our third day in Siem Reap. The agenda of the morning was to catch the sunrise at Angkor Wat. None of us really wanted to see Angkor Wat up close at that time, so we decided to just stay outside the temple itself and see its silhouette as the sun rose behind it.
Sunrise at Angkor Wat is one of the must-dos for tourists. When we arrived there that morning, tourists were quickly trickling in. Indeed, the hype is living up to the stunning spectacle of watching the sun illuminate the sky, framing the main towers of the temple in a backdrop of orange in various hues. This whole scene is reflected on the moat surrounding the temple. It definitely was a perfect start of our day.
After breakfast with Fuchsiaboy, we walked around the empty streets of Siem Reap, dropping by the market and the thrift shop. Finally, we ended up in the river-side, where we found these animal sculptures decorating the riverbank. Give us sculptures honey and we will work them!
Definitely not a lot of people have seen Angkor Wat lit that way. They have certainly done similar set-ups before but they were rare and watching these shows are usually very expensive. Also, we heard that that was the last time UNESCO is allowing a light and laser show to be held at Angkor Wat (for some reason I'm not completely certain of).
That night we went, the production team was still setting up, so we did not see how the show we would eventually look like (the show is taking place on the 19th). Nonetheless, we had a preview of the stunning effects, albeit partially of course. I'm really grateful to Loven for that rare opportunity.
In the afternoon, Miss Betty, arrived from Phnom Penh and who also happens to be a blogger (see Betty in Me). Betty is the new BFF of Fuchsiaboy (I'm the former BFF... but you know how things can change, chai mai?). More on the WAR between Betty and Kawadjan in the next post...
Later that evening, Loven had another food-tasting session at ArtDeli and there was a relatively bigger crowd this time. We had mini pizzas, pastas, and Beer Lao (my favorite!). From ArtDeli, we moved to Linga, Siem Reap's prominent gay bar, for some cocktails. Suddenly a power black out enveloped Siem Reap in darkness... but then the drinking continued of course.