We got up at 4:15am to see the sunrise over the main temple. Everyone does it and, once again, we were saved from the normally enormous crowds who show up for it. The sun did finally come up, although it was hazy. After sunrise we saw two of the main temples and then headed back to the hotel for a swim and rest. We were to spend the next day at the Angkor Wat complex also.
At about noon (March 17) we were notified of an urgent meeting for our group at 2:00. At that meeting our guide announce that Intrepid Travel was suspending all tours effective immediately due to uncertainty caused by Covid-19. Meaning we could have our hotel for the night, and then we were on our own. At that point there were 3 more days left in the original tour. Intrepid made this move because in their words, “things were changing by the hour”. Hotels and tourist attractions were being close rapidly, flights to and from many countries were being cancelled.
Pat and I made the decision to take a tuk tuk to the airport immediately and try to get a flight to Vietnam, where we already had flights home on March 20. At the airport we discovered that 80-90% of flights were cancelled, and that there was a good chance we would be put into quarantine in Vietnam. So we bought new tickets on the spot and kept our fingers crossed that all of our 3 flights through 4 countries, taking 37 hours would make it. And they did!
We are working on getting some money back on the flights (yes, we had insurance) and Intrepid gave us a very fair credit for the days missed on the tour.