Temple Crawl in Siem Reap
I've never been good at Temple Run, the game, so to engage in something similar in real life is something I cannot imagine doing. I know that the May weather in Siem Reap is crazy hot but I was still willing to conquer the temples sans the running part. Our tour schedule was hectic. We visited the Angkor Wat, Banteay Kdei, Ta Promh, Bayon, Baphoun and the Royal Palace in one day. While it didn't involve any running, it was tiring because there was practically no time to rest however the stories of our tour guide Vanny were riveting especially his personal accounts.
The plans for the next day sounded way relaxed than the previous day. We'd be biking in the morning and then going to just one temple in the afternoon. We were so wrong. We biked under the heat of the sun for almost 25 kilometers covering villages leading to Kompong Pluk all the way to Tonle Sap Lake and back. To say that it was exhausting is an understatement but it was our choice to stick it out. We were too proud to quit. I've read bad reviews about how a lot of tourists got ripped off here but since we had a good tour guide
no one really bothered us. After a quick lunch break, it was time for another physical training. This time we experienced Beang Maelea through a literal Temple Crawl. While the other tourists spend roughly fifteen minutes in this place walking through the easier route of wooden planks and then stopping every now and then for photos, we climbed stones also stopping for photos every now and then but holding our breaths so as not to fall off while doing so.
For someone who doesn't like tours because I prefer discovering a place on my own pace, I was actually impressed at myself for not missing a beat during those two days - to think I wasn't even feeling well. It is for this reason, pushing ourselves to do all those physical activities on a holiday (those two don't exaclty go together), that Siem Reap will always be memorable to me and my friends.