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I guess the title of this is a little misleading. I didn’t go to Angkor Wat on the second day. Just to keep things simple, however, I’m sticking with it.
Instead of renting a tuk tuk and having a driver for the day, I decided to rent a bicycle and peddle my way around what’s known as the Grand Tour. Since I am equal parts idiot and a glutton for punishment, I chose to bike the much longer route on the much hotter day. Go figure. Add a crappy bike that only had three workable gear settings to the heat and the distance and I had all the ingredients for a miserable, agony-filled day. Luckily, it was anything but. The distance was made easier by totally flat terrain, the heat negated by a barely-there but just-enough breeze, and the crappy bike overcome by sheer force of will. While the Mini Tour was amazing and stunning, I enjoyed the Grand Tour even more. Why? Well let me tell you…
I made my first destination the site known as Pre Rup. It is the first temple after leaving the Mini Tour and a popular place to catch the sunset. One thing became immediately apparent to me as I got off my bicycle and walked into the temple grounds. There were people around, sure, but significantly less. Few people seemed to have ventured beyond the main attractions of the Mini Tour to the more distant ones of the Grand Tour. Ah well. More for me!