Taking the Scenic Route

Adventure Travel, Bike, Cambodia, Fitness & Workouts, Lost Girls RTW Adventure, Spiritual Travel, Tours & Attractions — By on March 21, 2007 at 1:42 am

By far the biggest reason to visit the Cambodian town of Siem Reap is to climb the Indian-Jones-esque temples of Angkor Wat, some of the largest religious buildings on earth. And that’s just where we headed when I reunited with my fellow Lost Girls after going home for the holidays. Rather than take a packaged tour, we opted to grab a free guidebook and rent $2-a-day bikes to fit some exercise in with our sightseeing. The 40-kilometer route around the religious ruins proved so amazing that we did it all over again the next day- despite needing to toss back a few Tylenols as a prescription for aching muscles post-ride.

Created by Khmer kings, Angkor is the name of an ancient empire and wat means temple. Made up of a hodgepodge of sprawling shrines, carved pillars, stone bridges, and massive gates, we parked our bikes to climb on this adult jungle gym. Our playground was littered with statues of Hindu gods and Buddha relics, thanks to Cambodia’s central position on the trade route between India and China. Here are some shots from our days as explorers (and a few of us on “Pub” street refueling).

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  • Dellie says:

    Beautiful photos. I love the slide show. Thanks again. (-:

  • Sara says:

    I STILL cant believe you girls are seeing all of this!!! Im envious and amazed. Great pictures!

  • McNab's says:

    Hey lost girls- I love what you are doing!!! It’s so awesome that there are people out there who are willing to risk it all to live a little!

  • Adventures In Money Making says:

    thats awesome!

    i was there just a few months ago.
    but i’m still jealous!!!

  • dave925 says:

    Great idea to travel via bike around the ruins! I can’t wait to get there myself this time next year!

  • Freudian Slip says:

    The pictures are psyching me up! I’m heading out there next week and can’t wait!

  • Alissa says:

    Girls- I’m curious, how did you get into Cambodia, by Bus or by Air? I’m travelling with some girls in that part later in the year, and I don’t know which is the fastest/safest way for women to cross the border