Siem Reap ~ Do What You’ve Never Done
On the very first day of BlogFest.Asia conference in Siem Reap, the participants were excited making new friends and touring around the town. Three choices were suggested – temples visit, cultural village, and Siem Reap town. First, I was thinking of going to visit the temples.. but then a group of cloggers from Phnom Penh suggested biking to Angkor Wat and the big circuit. This way would provide us more chance to wander around this ancient city ourselves. I decided to join.. but yeah.. didn’t expect to have an inspiring one since I’ve been here many times already – but not biking around. So this time, hopefully, biking would give me a new experience in Siem Reap.
In total, there were 14 of us. We started our journey from BBU, the venue of BlogFest.Asia heading to Angkor Wat. The sun was shinning and we were biking restlessly. Upon the arrival at Angkor Wat, we went to eat the famous Banh-Chhaev store for lunch. Surprisingly, the Banh-Chhaev was delicious and the price was also reasonable.
Everyone enjoyed the lunch and as soon as we all finished, we continued our biking to the big circuit. There, one of the team suggested we went biking along the outside of the stone gate.. and everyone just agreed. We didn’t know what’s in front of us but we wanted to explore more.
And there we went, along the outside of the stone gate and everything was just not the same anymore. From the old dirty road we biked earlier to an old silent and slippery track full of grasses and the roots of the trees that were popping up above the land. We had to bike gradually one by one with the fear of the hidden animals in that little forest and our team members who were following us at the back.
The path we were biking was getting more silent.. nothing we could do but heading forward. It was impossible to get back. What if there was only 1km ahead to the road and 2km backward. One of our team member slipped the bike and rolled down the hill. That was very very dangerous road. In many points, we had to stop the bike and escort the path by walking. The roots of the trees popped up so high above the land.
After half an hour of biking, we saw cows, rice field, and a kid.. then the village with a few men fishing in the small stream next to the hill we were biking. What a relief! We saw hope.. The villagers told us we were not far to the main road, so we continued our journey. YES! Half an hour later we arrived the main road – another gate of the big circuit. Everyone was tired but some of us still wanted to bike. Biking in that little jungle was so difficult and tiring.. everyone said so. Then after we got back biking on the main road, biking had become so easy and relaxing.. everyone also said so.
We headed into the Bayon Temple and took a rest, a seat, and a drink there. While everyone was sharing what they had been through during the biking in the little jungle, I sat and listened with smiles on my face. I guess there are many parts of Siem Reap I have to get lost.. and gain amazing experience for my travelling life.
To gain a different experience, people should dare to try doing things they have never done before. Do what you’ve never done and get to know the things you have never known. I guess it is what Life is all about.
The shining sun was giving her last brightness at 4pm.. Yes, the color had changed from yellow to gold over the standing huge trees.. This will be another experience in Siem Reap I will always remember.