After a long night out on Pub St, Siam Reap, and no sleep, I stepped onto an old bicycle and pedalled to watch the sunrise over the Ang Kor Wat temple. I foolishly set off very early without any drinking water and only a $50 note, which was too large to exchange for a bottle of water from a street vendor in the temple area.
I cycled to Bayon, Ta Prohm (the temple featured in Tomb Raider) and Banteay Srei. It was very warm and humid around midday, whilst I stopped to take photos, I was attacked by bullet ants that bit my legs. When I picked the ants off, their jaws remained locked in my skin!!
Whilst riding to Ta Prohm, I carelessly took what I thought to be a "short cut". I was chased by three dogs barking very close to my back wheel which caused me to cycle much faster. I noticed some cages on the floor which I was convinced were land mines, my heart was pounding and I was drenched in sweat. Luckily I had found a road again, and managed to escape the dogs. Unfortunately when I asked a taxi driver for directions he said I went the wrong way and needed to go back through the "short cut". Reluctantly, I raced through, past the dogs who again chased me, but I had realised that the cages were there to protect young saplings and did not resemble land mines at all. I was now on the right track to see the amazing Ta Prohm, but I was even more thirsty.
It was an arduous ride around the Khmer temple area but the images I captured made it worthwhile.