This morning we woke up to one of the most beautiful mornings on the trip. I pulled open the curtains in our pool villa at a little after 7 AM and the sun was shining, birds were chirping (which Jenn loves) and there was a beautiful reflection coming off of our pool. It was one of those moments that I tried to take a mental picture of to remember when this trip is done. Speaking of we just hit 2 and a half weeks on the trip with only one week to go and that's starting to make us both sad. But enough of that, we had more relaxing to do today.
I don't think I understood how badly I needed these five days in Phuket until this morning. We both didn't wake up until a little after 7 AM and I didn't get out of bed until after 9 AM which was glorious. Exactly what the doctor ordered. When I couldn't stand laying in bed anymore I went out in search of the gym, which for such a large hotel is super small. Luckily no one is working out in paradise so I had the gym to myself. On the way back to the room I grabbed a cappuccino at the small cafe on sight and came back to the room to get ready for the day.
There's no doubt that we've been excited for each and every stop on this Grand Adventure so far. Today though we had a little extra pep in our step when we woke up knowing that for the next four days we'd be stopping all tours and just relaxing. More on that in a bit. Before we could relax we had to wake up at 5 AM to make our 8 AM flight from Siem Reap to Phuket, Thailand. We were down in the lobby at 6:30 AM with our bags ready to go to the airport.
I'm still in utter shock with how amazing yesterday was. We both knew that Angkor Wat was going to be a memorable experience but it far exceeded our expectations. What also far exceeded our expectations was how exhausted we were going to be from it. Not only did we wake up at 4 AM yesterday but we also spent nearly 12-hours in 90-degree heat with nearly 100% humidity. We woke up this morning beat up and not ready to do much of anything.
Today was one of the busiest and best days of the trip hands down. Today was the day we were going to see one of the most beloved historical sites in all of the world, Angkor Wat. Jenn has been talking about wanting to go to Angkor Wat at least since our Bejing/Bali trip in 2013. We had a couple of options with Angkor Wat. We could do it on our own and hire Tuk Tuks to take us around or we could hire a tour guide. Most of the time we'd do it on our own, but because we were in Cambodia and didn't know what to expect we went with the #1 rated tour guide on TripAdvisor, Happy Angkor Tour for a full 1-day sunrise tour of Angkor Wat.
Unlike past travel days, today we tried to use as a part travel day, part rest day. Because our flight wasn't until 3 PM this afternoon we didn't have anything to do all morning, and it was glorious. We laid in bed like it was a Saturday morning, surfed the internet on our phones and enjoyed the beautiful sunrise in Hanoi.