The temples of Siem Reap are beautiful and majestic and wonderful and insert similar adjectives here but after the third one they all start to look the same so on our second day in Cambodia we decided to rent bikes to go around and experience the temples in a different (and definitely more tiring) way. Fortunately, Siem Reap is a bike-friendly city, even for someone who’s perpetually afraid of getting hit by cars like me.
There are no bike lanes but drivers are generally courteous towards the bikers on the outer lanes. The friendly staff of our hotel, 1961, took care of our bike rentals and even gave us a biking refresher course the night before.
Our first attempt at taking a group shot beside the Angkor Wat.
We reached our first stop after biking for more than an hour and I was so tired I didn’t even care what it was called.
My pashmina-loving and physically fit friends had an easier time I bet.
More temples, more ruins, more rocks, and more biking.
There’s a limit to the number of ways you can smile beside ruins so we got to photo bombing our own photos.
Towards the end of our route, we figured out that group shots are best done with the camera’s timer mode.
We got back to the Angkor Wat in time for this.
I can’t figure out how the maps on Android phones work but according to my friend’s map, we biked a solid 25 KM. I’m so proud of me.