Taking the Scenic RouteAdventure Travel, Bike, Cambodia, Fitness & Workouts, Lost Girls RTW Adventure, Spiritual Travel, Tours & Attractions — By Holly C 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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