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<h1><a href="/2013/06/14/mountain-biking-in-siem-reap">Mountain Biking in Siem Reap</a></h1>
<p><i class="fa fa-clock-o"></i>&nbsp;Posted on 14 June 2013</p>
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- <p><img alt="image" src="/images/cache/c46ec58347b75bfddc9ff1f90dee4ed0/tumblr_inline_modqtuu34O1qz4rgp.jpg" /><br /><em>My bike in front of Angkor Wat</em></p></p>
+ <p class="flickr-image"><img alt="image" src="/images/cache/c46ec58347b75bfddc9ff1f90dee4ed0/tumblr_inline_modqtuu34O1qz4rgp.jpg" /><br /><em>My bike in front of Angkor Wat</em></p>
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<p>On my last day in Siem Reap I decided to rent myself a mountain bike and pedal myself out to the ruins. The flatness of the countryside made riding a little easier, but the heat was certainly challenging. I rode in to Angkor Thom, the largest of all the ancient sites, and headed for the east gate (not the victory gate, which is also on the east wall, which is the one the roads pass through).</p>
-<p><img alt="image" src="/images/cache/be50972d0516e2bcc7b43a1a4cdc14fd/tumblr_inline_modqtj1cNW1qz4rgp.jpg" /><br /><em>Angkor Thom&#8217;s east gate</em></p></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><img alt="image" src="/images/cache/be50972d0516e2bcc7b43a1a4cdc14fd/tumblr_inline_modqtj1cNW1qz4rgp.jpg" /><br /><em>Angkor Thom&#8217;s east gate</em></p>
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<p>The trail leading up to it was rough and bumpy with lots of large rocks and didn&#8217;t seem like it got too much traffic. Upon reaching the gate, I was met by the spectacular sight of the massive gate poking out of the jungle, without a huge clearing around both sides as all the other gates seem to have. I got off my bike and explored for a bit, and sat down to reapply sunscreen and got hassled by a bunch of butterflies that just kept on landing on me and my stuff, the bullies!</p>
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-<p><img alt="image" src="/images/cache/797308c9dd30edd23149e1f3b8b66404/tumblr_inline_modqu4xYgb1qz4rgp.jpg" /><br /><em>Butterflies everywhere!</em></p></p>
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<p>Just as I was nearly leaving I saw the first other people since I left the main roads; what appeared to be two people and a tour guide, also on mountain bikes, heading off through the gate. This gave me confidence to continue down the path a few minutes later when I had my stuff together and was ready to leave.</p>
<p>The path got narrower and narrower, eventually getting to parts where I was going through mud, barely fitting the bike between bushes, and was dropping down flat with the handlebars to fit under branches. I started to think maybe I&#8217;d missed a turn or something, and wonder just how well cleared the area was of landmines, but I figured that an obvious path wouldn&#8217;t be there if there were still mines about. Finally I found the paths end, coming out just down the road from Ta Promh, exactly where I wanted to go to next!</p>
<p>As I approached I noticed a dirt road along the south wall which I followed along to the south gate past some stunning sections of wall being slowly destroyed by trees. Since there was nobody there to stop me, I headed on into the temple grounds on my bike and followed some weaving tracks right in to the main ruins in the center, and then out again to the collapsed north gate.</p>
-<p><img alt="image" src="/images/cache/4954f6fd99a4f3730eeb8b3863847415/tumblr_inline_modr0mtuMr1qz4rgp.jpg" /><br /><em>Trees make short work of man&#8217;s feeble walls</em></p>
-<img alt="image" src="/images/cache/f95779e0996c5104929786c899fca2d4/tumblr_inline_modqyjWKf91qz4rgp.jpg" /> <img alt="image" src="http://media.tumblr.com/cc3c7a807ecca4d5f482b7d143f83b22/tumblr_inline_modqxsU4dd1qz4rgp.jpg" /><br /><em>Trails inside Ta Promh&#8217;s gates.</em></p>
-<img alt="image" src="/images/cache/f06718f0e08e60d91aee638d248b44c4/tumblr_inline_modqze1kZS1qz4rgp.jpg" /><br /><em>The collapsed north gate</em></p></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><img alt="image" src="/images/cache/4954f6fd99a4f3730eeb8b3863847415/tumblr_inline_modr0mtuMr1qz4rgp.jpg" /><br /><em>Trees make short work of man&#8217;s feeble walls</em></p>
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+<p class="flickr-image"><img alt="image" src="/images/cache/f95779e0996c5104929786c899fca2d4/tumblr_inline_modqyjWKf91qz4rgp.jpg" /><br /><em>Trails inside Ta Promh&#8217;s gates.</em></p>
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<p>By this time I was drenched with litres of sweat and feeling very dehydrated, so I made the drink sellers at one of the temple entrances happy by buying several bottles of water and a coconut. I sat and drank, and I took my shoe and socks off and hung the socks over the bike in a effort to dry them a bit while I rested. I need to remember to take spare socks if I do this sort of thing again.</p>
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<p>I came to a few forks in the road and tried to pick the ones that i thought would keep me going in generally the right direction, until eventually I came to a creek maybe 2 meters wide and 30-40 cm deep. There were a few small tree branches laid across it like a very shonky bridge, but even they were under a few cm of water.</p>
-<p><img alt="image" src="/images/cache/7171aec1e4c35a6eee2e7ab7cb2ce21f/tumblr_inline_modqubun8z1qz4rgp.jpg" /><br /><em>The &#8220;bridge&#8221; I crossed</em></p></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><img alt="image" src="/images/cache/7171aec1e4c35a6eee2e7ab7cb2ce21f/tumblr_inline_modqubun8z1qz4rgp.jpg" /><br /><em>The &#8220;bridge&#8221; I crossed</em></p>
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<p>Now was one of those moments where I thought I should really turn back, but stubbornly pushed on anyway. I definitely wasn&#8217;t game to try and ride across, but I figured maybe I could walk across it carrying the bike. I rested the bike on its own log to trying and distribute the weight a bit and stop me breaking the one I was standing on. The logs flexed quite a bit and I was very thankful that my shoes were waterproof as they got pretty well submerged, but I made it across without any mishaps, and thought &#8220;well, there&#8217;s no turning back now&#8221;.</p>
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<p>It turns out that the &#8220;creek&#8221; that I crossed is one of the now very narrow parts of the moat of Angkor Thom, and I had snuck into the old city without even realising. that section of the wall that I followed was 1.5KM by itself, compared to the 800M total length of the wall of Preah Khan that I thought I was following.</p>
-<p><img alt="image" src="/images/cache/3671653c34d95d549d5d5fabac7e9a9e/tumblr_inline_modqvt7e3W1qz4rgp.jpg" /><br /><em>The creek under that bridge turned into this swampy moat</em></p></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><img alt="image" src="/images/cache/3671653c34d95d549d5d5fabac7e9a9e/tumblr_inline_modqvt7e3W1qz4rgp.jpg" /><br /><em>The creek under that bridge turned into this swampy moat</em></p>
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<p>I turned around and headed to Preah Khan, but they wouldn&#8217;t let me take my bike inside so I had to lock it up outside. A bit of a bullshit double standard, when all the locals hawking shit are allowed in on their overburdened motorbikes. I don&#8217;t think they should be allow in to hawk their shitty T-shirts and postcards at all, but that&#8217;s a whole other rant.</p>
-<p><img alt="image" src="/images/cache/496434abe7a8088d8d9444a994e4d3ea/tumblr_inline_modqzyjpci1qz4rgp.jpg" /><br /><em>Preah Khan</em></p>
-<img alt="image" src="/images/cache/8f9c49b7f6ede42b80190de04f045c87/tumblr_inline_modquoE3p11qz4rgp.jpg" /><br /><em>Fallen over wall</em></p></p>
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<p>On this visit I almost completely avoided the inside of the center part of the temple, preferring to explore the other ruins, free from tourists and hawkers. I found some amazing tree roots with a gap tall enough for me to stand under with my arms stretched up, and another tree that completely covered the top of a building, surrounded by walls and rubble so I couldn&#8217;t get a good view of it.</p>
-<p><img alt="image" src="/images/cache/669eab9c71fb2cc61ccce61ced72600e/tumblr_inline_modqvbO9K41qz4rgp.jpg" /><br /><em>These tree roots were epic!</em></p></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><img alt="image" src="/images/cache/669eab9c71fb2cc61ccce61ced72600e/tumblr_inline_modqvbO9K41qz4rgp.jpg" /><br /><em>These tree roots were epic!</em></p>
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<p>I ended up scaling part of the inner wall about 3 metres high, behind a &#8220;danger - do not pass&#8221; sign, in order to get a good look and a photo. So keep in mind that if I die travelling, chances are it was me being curious and a little reckless, and probably my own fault :P</p>
-<p><img alt="image" src="/images/cache/5b3132bc36f958a74024fd153192e3fb/tumblr_inline_modqziWrwc1qz4rgp.jpg" /><br /><em>Tree covering the roof of a building.</em></p></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><img alt="image" src="/images/cache/5b3132bc36f958a74024fd153192e3fb/tumblr_inline_modqziWrwc1qz4rgp.jpg" /><br /><em>Tree covering the roof of a building.</em></p>
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<p>I rode back home, with a quick stop to watch some monkeys playing on some ruins inside Angkor Thom, which was very entertaining until the alpha male attacked another male in the group, leaving a huge bloody gash across it&#8217;s face. A good reminder that they&#8217;re not really as fun and playful as they often appear.</p>
-<p><img alt="image" src="/images/cache/c8e517197e17652fac26b08201c9a49c/tumblr_inline_modqxdE5VH1qz4rgp.jpg" /><br /><em>Naughty monkeys putting on a show</em></p>
-<img alt="image" src="/images/cache/d13fea4e44e01807f1a9df49e347922b/tumblr_inline_modqxjHNDM1qz4rgp.jpg" /><br /><em>Monkeys playing in the ruins of Angkor Thom</em></p></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><img alt="image" src="/images/cache/c8e517197e17652fac26b08201c9a49c/tumblr_inline_modqxdE5VH1qz4rgp.jpg" /><br /><em>Naughty monkeys putting on a show</em></p>
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<p>That pretty much sums up my mountain bike adventures.</p>
<p>Here&#8217;s some bonus photos of monkeys checking out my bike from earlier in the day :D</p>
-<p><img alt="image" src="/images/cache/dafd0b1104eb9792b05e905792994c0d/tumblr_inline_modqw5aGIP1qz4rgp.jpg" /> <img alt="image" src="http://media.tumblr.com/b2a2dea296e3a628b0acf212839f6364/tumblr_inline_modqwkSFOj1qz4rgp.jpg" /> <img alt="image" src="http://media.tumblr.com/ab1f334b62645461a96f214051696fa9/tumblr_inline_modqx3HWSo1qz4rgp.jpg" /><br /><em>Monkeys!</em></p></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><img alt="image" src="/images/cache/dafd0b1104eb9792b05e905792994c0d/tumblr_inline_modqw5aGIP1qz4rgp.jpg" /><br /><em>Monkeys!</em></p>
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<p>I get dropped off at the airport by a taxi and head towards the door in which I can see signs pointing to departures and arrivals. I go to enter and the security guy on the door, holding what I think was an MP-5 machine gun, wants to see ticket and passport. Having only booked my ticket online hours earlier and having no printer I had no ticket to show him. He says I can show him on my phone, I pull up Trip-It and show him the flight details and confirmation number but he&#8217;s not happy because there&#8217;s no name listed so he sends me around to the ticket desk to get a ticket printed. After trying the next two entrances in the direction he gestured I realise the desks are basically just invisible slots in the glass front of the building.</p>
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<p>There&#8217;s a guy in there on his phone, but he doesn&#8217;t look over when I say nameste, nor when I knock on the window. A rather stressed out looking Indian man comes over and tries as well but the guy inside completely ignores both of us. Nice to know it&#8217;s not just because I&#8217;m a foreigner.</p>
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<p>Finally, after waiting at the window for ages wondering if maybe I got there too late, another guy shows up in the window. I read out the confirmation number and he asks me to pass my phone in through the slot. I&#8217;m not keen on this, but don&#8217;t have another option, and he gives it back after entering something in his computer. He disappears for 5 minutes, then comes back and asks for my passport. He writes some stuff on a scrap of paper, stamps it and hands it to me.</p>
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<p>I go back to the front door (keeping in mind, everything so far has occurred with me being completely outside the airport) this time armed with my hand written piece of paper; and this time I&#8217;m allowed in.</p>
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