Day 56 | Visiting Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm and Bayon all in one day

Day 56 | Visiting Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm and Bayon all in one day

Today was all about the major Siem Reap temples: Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm and Bayon. Very satisfied with our tour with Siem Reap Shuttle yesterday, we registered for another daily tour with them. We finished the tour with a walk up the hill where Phnom Bakheng is located, hoping to catch the sunset.

Just like yesterday, we started the day with an early breakfast at Goat Tree, our hotel’s restaurant. In addition to the platter of fresh exotic fruits previously mentioned, we also got watermelon juice, our favorite.

Breakfast at Sarai Resort & Spa

And just like yesterday, we got picked up at our hotel by a shuttle from the Siem Reap Shuttle travel company. We were sixteen people in the shuttle today, eighteen including our tour guide and the driver.

The first temple on our list for the day was the one and only Angkor Wat. Built in the 12th century, Angkor Wat was first a Hindu temple dedicated to Vishnu. Of all the temples in Cambodia, Angkor Wat is without a doubt the most famous and visited one. In fact, it is so popular that it is depicted on Cambodia’s national flag. It’s also the largest religious monument in the world. For Mimi and I, it was one of our most anticipated places to see on our trip, together with Bagan in Myanmar and Ha Long Bay in Vietnam.

We arrived on the site around 9:20 AM and got dropped at the western entrance, right in front of the very wide (190 meters) moat, certainly the most impressive moat we have ever seen.

In front of Angkor Wat's massive moat

We crossed the moat with hundreds of other visitors and got to the outer wall of the complex. This wall used to protect the city that surrounded the temple proper centuries ago. However, unlike the temple which was made of stone, all the other city buildings were built of perishable materials which is why they did not survive. We walked towards the temple and stopped for pictures several times.

A first time several hundreds of meters away from the main temple.

Angkor Wat

Then again in front of the right pond that immediately faces the central structure. There are two symmetrical ponds facing the temple on the west side but the one on the right when facing the temple had a lot less people.

Angkor Wat and its reflection in the water

The other pond had food stands next to it which attracted the crowds. Our group stopped to get refreshments as the sun was already hitting strong in the morning. Mimi and I opted for fresh coconuts, our first ones for a while. The coconut water was very sweet and we asked the waitress to open the fruits so we could eat the meat inside. She cut a part of the coconut itself for us to use as a spoon. It worked great, probably because the meat was particularly tender.

After that, we entered inside the temple proper. The walls there were covered with very extensive and detailed carvings depicting wars as well as various important religious scenes. Our guide gave extensive explanations about the meaning of each decoration, none of which I was able to remember minutes after he was done. We passed by four large pools that used to hold water during the Angkor period. The guide made us guess what these pools were used for, although nobody actually knows the answer with certainty, not even these two monks that were walking around one of the pools.

Monks inside the Angkor Wat temple

This area of the temple was surprisingly empty as most people seemed to walk through it with little interest. For us, it meant that we were able to have our pictures taken with no stranger on them, pretty impressive considering the number of tourists visiting Angkor Wat every day.

Inside one of the four Angkor Wat pools

After that we got to the center part of the temple where the iconic three towers are located. We queued up in the line to get up to the top of the structure and admire the rest of the temple from up there. The guards were letting the next set of people up only as other people came back down. We climbed up there quickly. The view from up there was impressive, as expected. We saw a hot air balloon far in front of us which reminded us of our Balloons over Bagan tour back in Myanmar.

Hot air balloon flying next to Angkor Wat

We stayed up there for as long as we could, as our guide had set a limit time for the group. Next, we came out of the central section of the temple.

Angkor Wat

Walking out of the temple, we saw more reliefs. This particular one represented a Hindu legend about churning the Ocean of Milk.

Tug of war relief inside the main Angkor Wat temple

We finished our visit of Angkor Wat at noon. As we walked out of the complex, we turned around one more time to see the temple’s three main towers slowly appear smaller behind us.

Looking back at Angkor Wat

After that, our group came back to the shuttle and we went to a local restaurant for lunch. The food was much better than what we have for lunch yesterday. We got to socialize with the other folks on our very international group. There were people from South Africa, Malaysia, China, Switzerland, Netherlands, Canada, Brazil, Argentina and Georgia.

We then moved on to the second temple on our tour, Ta Prohm. This temple was used as a filming location for the Lara Croft: Tomb Raider 2001 action movie starring Angelina Jolie. Fun fact, our guide told us that Angelina visited Ta Prohm within the last month with her son Maddox and that she will be directing a movie in Cambodia about the Khmer Rouge. One of the most distinctive feature of this temple is the presence of many trees growing out of the ruins. The presence of these trees (some of which can be quite high) greatly contributes to giving Ta Prohm a very unique look.

Tree over an entrance in Ta Prohm

Here is another tree directly covering a wall.

Inside Ta Prohm

In some places, the trees have caused real damage to the ruins to the point of threatening the structural integrity of nearby walls. We passed in front of a set of columns that had recently collapsed due to the pressure of the growing roots.

Destroyed columns inside Ta Prohm

We kept walking around and admiring the beauty of the temple. We were not the only ones. This temple felt a lot more crowded than Angkor Wat, probably because it’s a lot smaller and denser too.

Crowd of tourists in Ta Prohm

We managed to find the one tree we could do a silly pose with, and so we took turn. Mimi’s pose was better.

Blending in with nature in Ta Prohm

This other tree had an impressive network of roots.

Massive tree in Ta Prohm

As we kept following our guide through the tour, we suddenly felt something hitting our shins. We looked back and saw a little Cambodian girl, maybe five years old, repeatedly snapping a rubber band at us for no apparent reason. It did not hurt much so we laughed and tried to have her stop but alas she would not listen. Mimi was her first victim.

She attacked me next. I tried to have her attack our tour guide, without success.

She eventually stopped and we resumed our tour. Our guide was already talking about these interesting carvings including the one that looks like a Stegosaurus (third one from the top).

Dinosaur looking carving at Ta Prohm

We finished our tour of Ta Prohm and drove to the third major temple of the day: Bayon. Unlike for the other two, our visit of Bayon was not a guided tour. We had freedom of movement and explored on our own for about an hour. But before leaving us, our tour guide gave us some background about the beautiful reliefs on the external walls. This one depicted a scene of war involving the Khmer soldiers.

War reliefs at Bayon Temple

That one was also depicting a war scene but featured an elephant, which automatically signaled to Mimi that she should chant her now infamous “We love elephants” song.

War reliefs at Bayon Temple

The temple’s main distinctive feature is the presence of large smiling stone faces carved on the many towers of the structure. There are hundreds of them all around.

Mimi posing in Bayon

Smiling stone faces of Bayon

Mimi found a quiet place to pose too.

Mimi sitting on a window in Bayon

We took a lot of pictures of these smiling stone faces. Here is a close up of one that was very well preserved.

Close up of a smiling face in Bayon

We came back to the shuttle around 5:40 PM and drove to Phnom Bakheng, our last stop on this tour and a very popular place to watch the sunset. As we arrived there, we saw elephants that lazy or tired tourists can ride to the top of the hill where the temple is located. Poor elephants!

Elephant for riding to Phnom Bakheng

We walked up the hill for about ten minutes. The temple was getting ready to close but we just made it on time before they stopped letting people in. Though the sky was cloudy, we got beautiful shots as the sun had already set over Siem Reap (we arrived a bit too late).

Sunset view from Phnom Bakheng

Beautiful sunset view through the trees

As the temple closed, we walked back down the hill to our shuttle. It was the end of our tour. The shuttle brought us back to our hotel. It was still a little too early for us to have dinner so we decided to finally check out the hotel’s swimming pool. We swam and played in the water for about 45 minutes. We were almost alone there!

Swimming pool at the Sarai Resort & Spa

After that we took a shower and we went for dinner. We ended up eating at a brand new restaurant that opened just a few days ago called Molop Wat Damnak Restaurant. They were so new that they asked to take a picture of us sitting at one of the tables with food in front of us so they could use it for their online social presence (we later checked and did find our picture on their Facebook place page). The food there was okay but what we liked the most was the quality of the service. The watermelon shakes were delicious, as always.

Watermelon juices at Molop Wat Damnak Restaurant

When we got back to the hotel, we asked the staff to help us renting bicycles for tomorrow. We planned to wake up super early and bike to Angkor Wat to be able to see the sun rise over the temple, an activity frequently present on Southeast Asia travelers’ bucket lists.

Day 55 | Admiring ancient Angkorian temples and a contemporary circus

Day 55 | Admiring ancient Angkorian temples and a contemporary circus

We took an all day minibus tour of Angkor’s Grand Circle which includes Banteay Srei, aka the woman’s temple, and other neighboring temples. Afterwards we saw an amazing performance of Phare The Cambodian Circus performed by former street kids trained in circus arts.

We started with breakfast at the Sarai then we got picked up by our tour service Siem Reap Shuttle Tours. There is an overwhelming number of tour services available in Siem Reap, our hotel concierge recommended a private tour that starts at $55 per car plus $55 for a certified tour guide to tell you about the sights. I looked through TripAdvisor and this was not such an inflated rate, $85 per day seemed reasonable across the board. By chance, I saw an ad for Siem Reap Shuttle Tours on a free map given to us by the hotel. They advertised a minibus tour for up to 11 people with a certified tour guide for $13 per person for Angkor Wat and its surrounding temples and $15 for Banteay Srei and its surrounding temples. Works for me, yesterday I booked the Banteay Srei tour online for today. And if today’s tour is enjoyable we planned to take the Angkor Wat tour tomorrow.

Through some slowness on our part and perhaps a misunderstanding on the tour staff’s part, all three of us sat in the lobby for 30 minutes not realizing we were all there ready to go. We apologized and got on the packed tour bus where other tourists looked at us disapprovingly for taking up 30 minutes of their time.

We first got dropped off at the tour company’s office, where we paid for the tour and switched buses, making sure we were on the one going to Banteay Srei. Since it’s the less popular option, we had a smaller van and only eight tourists including us onboard with the driver and guide.

The first stop of our tour was 10th century Pre Rup constructed as a temple mountain built with multiple terraces and stairs leading up to the central towers.

Pre Rup

Very close by was East Mebon which is located on an artificial island inside the East Baray reservoir (which has now dried up). Pre Rup and East Mebon are considered twin temples since they are similar in size and layout and are only 1200m apart. East Mebon has unique free-standing sculptures like these two lions guarding a gate at the top tier.

East Mebon

And this elephant. There is one elephant guarding each corner of the two lower tiers.

Elephant guarding East Mebon

Next we all got back on the van and drove to Ta Som, a small late 12th century temple. We liked the gate with its four calm, smiling faces pointed at each direction, very much like Bayon which we saw the next day.

Gate at Ta Som

The temple was left mostly unrestored until 1998 and many parts contain just piles of mismatched stones. Don’t worry, Maurice is here in the courtyard helping reassemble the stones.

Hide and seek at Ta Som

Our guide shown here is explaining one of the reliefs.

Our guide explaining a relief at Ta Som

The fourth stop on our Grand Circle tour was Preah Khan, like Ta Som, it’s another 12th century temple left to fall into disrepair until restoration efforts started in 1991. Unlike the other temples we saw today, this one had a moat.

Walkway across the moat to Preah Khan

Similar to Angkor Wat, the walkway is lined with gods and demons at their eternal tug of war game.

Gods and demons at their eternal tug of war game

Similar to Ta Prohm (aka the Tomb Raider temple), overgrown trees have climbed over and destroyed many parts of the temple and its gates.

Statue next to overgrown tree at Preah Khan

Dead tree trunk atop section of the wall.

Dead tree trunk atop section of Preah Khan

I like how this tree looks like a tall, elegant brontosaurus.

This tree looks like a dinosaur

Two trees attacked this section of Preah Khan. It’s sort of beautiful in a way to see nature fighting with man.

Two trees attacked this section of Preah Khan

Preah Khan has this unique two story structure that is unlike any other Angkorian temple. Its purpose is still a mystery.

Mysterious structure at Preah Khan

Looks like someone in the past did some “tomb raiding” here as the lintel and pediment are missing.

Stolen lintel and pediment from Preah Khan

We had lunch before visiting Banteay Srei at a restaurant chosen by the tour company. The restaurant unfortunately was very expensive for a casual restaurant in Cambodia. Each dish was at least $5 and our fried noodles and fried rice were only tolerable to mediocre. Maurice and I talked with two young solo travelers: a French-speaking Swiss guy and a British girl working in Hong Kong during our lunch break. The girl and I started talking about financial risk management since she also works in the field and this got tiring after ten minutes because I’m not in Cambodia on sabbatical to talk about work!

Our final stop was at 10th century Banteay Srei meaning “Citadel of Women.” The temple is constructed of red sandstone which gives it its unique reddish color.

Entrance of Banteay Srei

An example of the intricate carvings.

Intricate carvings Banteay Srei

Getting lost between towers at Banteay Srei.

Central towers at Banteay Srei

I love the texture of these different columns.

Detailed reliefs at Banteay Srei

Here we’re facing the central tower of Banteay Srei which is only 9.8m tall.

In the mini temple of Banteay Srei

More towers in the compound.

Banteay Srei towers

The guide pointed out the “Mona Lisa” of Banteay Srei. This carved relief shows a young woman with a mysterious, slightly mischievous smile like her Italian Renaissance namesake.

Mona Lisa of Banteay Srei

When we finished with the temple, we walked back to the bus. On the way we passed by this band of landmine victims playing traditional Khmer music.

The minibus dropped all of us off either at the center of town Pub Street or our hotels. We opted to return to our hotel. From there we relaxed for just about an hour, dining on crackers and wasabi nuts. I checked my email to see if Tepsavon, the English teacher from the school we visited yesterday, had confirmed he would pick us up from our hotel at 5pm today to see the class in session. He did not. As we feared, the village school was an incredibly elaborate scam preying on the kind hearts of foreigners, the worst kind of scam! We took it as a lesson to be much more cynical and wrote off the $40 as a very expensive slum tour.

We then hired a tuk tuk to take us 15 minutes out of town to the Phare circus tents.We bought the cheapest C tickets and since we arrived 30 minutes early (which wasn’t early enough) we had seats on the side somewhat obstructed by a pillar. The performance follows the story of a Cambodian village where a disabled boy is an outcast who is unable to join a group of cool kids.

Phare The Cambodian Circus was founded by Phare Ponleu Selpak, an organization first established in Battambang to train street kids in circus arts, music and other performing arts.

The acrobatics were intense and impressive. Here’s just a sample of what we saw.

Jumping over and rolling under a flag.

This guy climbs a faux coconut tree like I have never seen.

Climbing a coconut tree

The fire jump rope.

The epic seesaw.

After the show, we met up with our tuk tuk driver who drove us back to the hotel. We wanted to get a good night’s rest before our full day tour of Angkor Wat, Bayon and Ta Prohm temples.

Day 54 | Researching Angkor civilization and experiencing life in a Siem Reap slum

Day 54 | Researching Angkor civilization and experiencing life in a Siem Reap slum

We spent most of the day learning about the Angkor civilization at Siem Reap’s Angkor National Museum so that we could better appreciate Angkor Wat and the other temples we will visit for the next two and half days. After that we visited a school in a Siem Reap slum where we met Cambodian kids. We ended the day on a happy note with tasty pizzas and a quick evening walk back to our hotel.

We started the day with a very nice breakfast at our hotel’s restaurant. The a la carte menu had both Western and Asian options and we opted for the Asian ones. We also got a nice sample plate of exotic fruits.

By 9 AM, we were out and ready to explore Siem Reap by foot. Check out our hotel’s beautiful lobby.

Sarai Resort & Spa's lobby during the day

We crossed the Siem Reap River and walked on 2 Thnou Street. It’s a very touristy street with lots of restaurants, souvenir shops, cafes and spas. We passed by a fish spa with a very large tank filled with much bigger fishes than the ones who fed from our feet’s dead skin cells in Chiang Mai. We will have to try it out if we have some extra time! A little later, we saw a street sign advertising for a bar named “Yolo Bar”. We had to go check it out right away! The bar was located on a small street perpendicular to the main one and pretty easy to spot with its colorful graffiti. We both posed in front of it and also took some not so great selfies.

Posing in front of the Yolo Bar in Siem Reap

We came back to the main street and walked towards the Angkor National Museum. We thought it would help us better appreciate Angkor Wat and the other temples in the next two days if we first learned about the Angkor civilization and Khmer history.

On our way to the museum, we stopped by a travel agency to purchase tickets for the Phare Cambodian Circus, an attraction highly recommended by one of the two British people that we met while on the bat cave tour in Battambang.

As we were one large block away from the museum’s entrance, a tuk tuk driver called us. He asked where we were going and upon hearing our response, he tried to scam us, in a very obvious way. He claimed that we were going in the wrong direction (we were not) and also that we could not buy tickets at the museum itself (a complete lie). He added that for just $1 he would take us to the right place from where we can buy tickets. That guy really had no shame. Of course we declined and kept walking.

On our way I spotted a tree that immediately reminded me of the photoshoot we did of Lulu back in New York, a few weeks before leaving for our Asia trip. I tried to replicate her pose, see the resemblance?

Copying Lulu's famous pose on a Y tree

We got to the museum at 10:45 AM and purchased tickets as well as audio tours. We have been really pleased with the quality of audio tours in Cambodia so far and for a museum such as this one, it seemed important to learn more about the background behind statues and other exhibits.

We started our tour on the second floor. After watching a short introduction movie about the museum, we entered the One Thousand Buddhas gallery room, a room filled with… one thousand statues (we actually tested the count by approximating) representing Buddha in various forms. The statues were from several different centuries and were made of different materials, from bronze to wood, from clay to stone.

Statues inside the One Thousand Buddhas gallery

Next we went through the other galleries on the floor, including one that focused on the history of the Khmer Empire starting with its foundation. We relied heavily on the content in our audio tours to better appreciate the exhibits. We finished with the second floor and passed by the beautiful pool in the middle of the museum.

Pool inside the Angkor National Museum

Downstairs, Mimi got to pose in front of her favorite statues representing elephants (but only after chanting the infamous “We love elephants” mantra).

Elephant statues inside the Angkor National Museum

There was also a room dedicated to the evolution of the Khmer script over centuries, with a table showing the successive versions of each character of the script as centuries passed. The room also had stones with ancient Khmer inscriptions on them. At least one of the stones was dated from the 6th century. It’s impressive to see that they were able to preserve this in such a good state all the way through present time.

Khmer inscriptions on an ancient stone

Another cool gallery focused on Angkor Wat specifically and in particular on the temple’s architecture. The highlight of that gallery was a very realistic model of Angkor Wat temple located in a large circular room that was also featuring a very well done short movie about the temple and the equinox phenomenon.

At the end of our visit, we stopped by the museum store where Mimi bought an elephant shaped pencil holder made of recycled metal. She really is obsessed with those fat pachyderms! We then left the museum around 4 PM.

With no specific plan for the rest of the day, we walked back in the direction of the city center. We passed in front of the Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, the second Raffles hotel we saw on our trip after walking inside the Raffles in Singapore.

Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor in Siem Reap

In front of the building was a perfectly manicured garden that belonged to the Raffles. As we walked through it, we saw a man walking towards us with a binder. I immediately spotted him and whispered to Mimi: “Be careful, this guy is about to try scamming us!”. Of course he stopped us and introduced himself. He said he was an English teacher in a tiny school in a nearby village that he and another guy had founded a few years back. He added that he was trying to collect money for building a roof over the classroom, so that kids could go to class even when it rains. His English was excellent but that was not enough to convince us. However he had a binder with plenty of pictures of him with the school kids in what looked like a classroom. Some of the pictures also had foreigners on them that he presented as past or recurring donors. He also had a donation list with names and emails of recent donors. With this additional evidence, we went from being totally skeptical to just unsure of the veracity of his claim. I thought the only way to know if he was sincere was to ask him to take us to the school so we could see it and the kids with our own eyes. If it’s all just a scam, he would find an excuse to not be able to honor my request, I thought. But to my surprise, he accepted. He said he just had his motorbike but that the two of us could sit on the back with him. The ride would only take a few minutes, he added. We were convinced. We gave him a $20 bill and hopped on his motorbike.

For both of us, it was our first time riding an actual motorbike (to go with our first time riding an e-bike in Bagan). A little scary at first but he drove carefully and there wasn’t much traffic at that time of the day. As he promised, less than ten minutes later we stopped at the entrance of a small community. And as he said, there was a classroom with benches, tables, a whiteboard and no roof.

Class room in a Siem Reap slum

With the exception of some of the communities living around the Yangon Circular Railway in Myanmar, this place was definitely the filthiest and poorest place we saw on our trip so far. The people lived in shacks made of wood and corrugated metal. Trash was everywhere. The inside of one of the habitations had old stinky mattresses laid directly on the floor and no electricity. Young men were working on extracting scrap metal from old office computers and printers, with the help of little kids.

Collecting scrap metal from old computers

In the back, a group of about a dozen kids aged four to twelve were playing and running around. We walked towards them. Our host asked one of them that he presented as one of his best students to practice his English skills with us and to sing the ABC. The little boy was very shy at first but eventually accepted.

After that we took a few pictures of and with the kids. Some of the more shy ones stayed on the side.

Mimi and I with kids from a Siem Reap slum

Another shot of the group. All of them were happy to see foreigners in their village and many had a big smile on their face and were following us around while laughing discreetly.

Group of kids in a Siem Reap slum

We also saw even younger kids – perhaps not even three years old – play with a bunch of large plastic jugs that were probably going to be reused or resold by the adults.

Three years old kids playing with plastic jugs

We asked the teacher if some of those kids were orphans and he said some have no parent at all, others have only one parent, and some are lucky enough to have both parents.

Then we came back next to the open air classroom and he asked if we wanted to make another donation to help the orphans. There was a donation box next to the white board with a few envelopes sealed inside it. We asked what the donations in that box were for and he answered that the money was both to support orphans and to build the roof. We were not clear on what our first donation was for then and he said it was for miscellaneous school expenses such as buying pens or notepads for the kids. His explanations were confusing and did not make much sense to us, but seeing the kids around us, we felt like we had to donate once more. I put a second $20 bill in an envelope and asked one of the kids to drop it into the donation box for us. My apologies for Mimi ruining the audio track of this otherwise touching video with her annoying laugh!

After that we saw a couple of really adorable puppies come next to the kids who then started playing with them. I think Mimi had a cuteness overload.

It was almost 5 PM then, and we asked the teacher if we could stay around until the evening class (which he told us was every day at 5:30 PM). We really wanted to see the kids learning at school. It’s not like we had anything better to do. Unfortunately he said he had to meet with another foreign donor to buy books and other school supplies. He added that he didn’t want to leave us alone in the village with no other English speaking adult around us. We did not insist although we were quite disappointed. He said he would pick us up from our hotel tomorrow and bring us back to the school so we could attend the kids’ English class then. Mimi and him exchanged email addresses. Before leaving, I had a session of high fives with three of the boys under the amused eyes of elderly women behind us.

The teacher drove us back to Siem Reap on his motorbike, we thanked him for the authentic experience and asked him to email us to arrange the details for tomorrow. We felt pretty happy that we contributed to a good cause and wanted to celebrate by getting pizzas for early dinner. We were hungry too since we skipped lunch (yolomimo style).

On our way to the restaurant, we started doubting however. What if it was a very elaborate scam after all? A few things in particular contributed to our doubts:

  • On the classroom’s whiteboard, the English lesson consisted of the alphabet letters with a word for each letter (“A -> Apple”, “B -> Ball”, etc.) Who learns a language like that?
  • His explanations for the two types of donations were very confusing and we felt pressured to give a second time.
  • He really did not want us to stay an extra half hour for the evening class to start even though we could have easily found a tuk tuk to get back to the city on our own.

We decided not to think too much about it and just enjoy the rest of our evening. Tomorrow we should know whether it was a scam or not depending on if he emails us or not! For dinner, we chose Happy Special Pizza, a restaurant with reasonable prices and excellent TripAdvisor reviews.

In front of Happy Special Pizza

We ordered fruit juices and two large pizzas. I was much more hungry than Mimi so I ended up eating about two thirds of the total number of slices. We both loved the pizzas.

Happy pizza with fine herbs

We left the restaurant and walked around town towards our hotel. We bought some snacks at a local supermarket just in case we got the munchies later in the evening. It was just 6 PM after all! We walked on Pub Street, a central street very popular with tourists who like to come there to relax after visiting the Angkor temples for the entire day.

Pub Street in Siem Reap

We crossed the Siem Reap River once more. It was beautiful at night with all the colorful lights glowing in the dark.

Glowing lights over Siem Reap River

We got back to our hotel before 7 PM and where greeted by a staff member that suddenly talked to us in Burmese, “Mingalaba” he said to us as we walked through the outside entrance. We ended the day the same way we started it, with a picture of our hotel’s lobby but at night this time.

Sarai Resort & Spa's lobby at night