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Day 1 :
Our flight arrived in Siem Reap on time. Upon entering the airport, we proceed to apply for tourist visa. The forms and counters located on the left side, filling up form with one passport size photo and $20, you will get your visa almost immediately. The officer made you wait in another line to get back your passport with a visa on it, very easy.
When we finally got out of the customs, our English speaking guide -Mr Neak waited for us for almost 45minutes! Nice guy, I had problem to understand him at the beginning but once I got use to his accent, we enjoyed his service.
We went to the silk farm to see how they make silk. We bought a souvenir, a stone carving of the face of Bayon. Then we went to a handicraft place, Les Artisan D’Angkor.
Killing Field is a little depressing and scary though, I didn’t enjoy it too much especially when I saw the pictures on the board and know what was going then…
After Killing filed, we checked in to Prince D’Angkor Hotel. It has a very big lobby with a large reception counter. Lounge, coffee bar and swimming pool are all located at the same lever. The room is clean and bathroom is big enough for us.
Neak brough us to have a local Cambodian lunch - to our surprise, it was really good!
After lunch, we went on a boat ride on the largest fresh water lake in
The ride was very pleasant.
We then visited the
We had a chance to see the Apsara show at the buffet dinner.
Day 2 :
Neak knows when is the best time to visit which temple in order to avoid the crowds. Therefore he brought us to Ta Promh in the morning. The jungle temple were surrounded by the huge trees, it was so famous that the Angelina Jolie’s Tomb Raider movie were shot here!
Bayon is one of my favorite - very impressive with the different faces carved on the stone. We then went to see the South Gate of Angkor Thom, Phimeanakas, Elephant Terrace, Terrace of Leper King - I couldn’t keep my mouth closed because I said WOW too much! And I haven’t seen the Angkor Wat yet!!
Finally, Angkor Wat - the one that I have been waiting to see.
Our tour is done with Neak, but we wanted to see more of other temples. Therefore we bought a 3 days temple pass for $40 per person. Neak was so good to us; he gave us a map and told us which other temples we should see. He even offered to show us and gave us free guide services! (Of cause he got a big fat tips at the end of the tour)
Day 3 :
We went to see Bataey Srei- citadel of the women, about 25km north east of Siem Reap.
Neak brought us to a local Chinese restaurant for dinner. The dinner was OK, perhaps because we are not a big fan of pork. Although they do have good draft Angkor Beer. Charlie loved it and wanted to buy the pitcher for souvenir. Here’s the problem -the workers speak very little English, we spent about 15minutes trying to explain what we wanted but sorry, they still didn’t know what we wanted. Finally, a Chinese man approached us, (I think he is the owner).Asked if I speak Chinese. Bingo! I managed to tell him we wanted to buy the pitcher. Too bad it was not for sale…We were like - how weird is that? We’re in Cambodia and we had to speak Chinese to get things done? Well, it was fun.
We decided to take a tuk tuk for our tour today.
It was raining so hard. We had our disposable rain coat on but it was so uncomfortable! We should have brought the umbrella! Our first stop was Preah Khan, very beautiful structure although there were some part was inaccessible because it was covered by the stones that collapsed. I took off my rain coat in the tuk tuk thinking that we will buy umbrellas when we get to the next destination. I immediately regretted my action because there weren’t anyone selling umbrellas! I was soaking wet! Ran towards some stalls hopefully there were umbrellas for sale - Nope! Only rain coat. Damn rain coat! Neak Pean is the unique one. There was a centre naga (dragon) tower and an intriguing horse statue surrounded by water.
The tuk tuk driver drove us to a local restaurant near Sras Srang. They offered good food but the coffee was a little too sweet. After lunch, we continued our tuk tuk adventure to the Roluos Group. The first temple we saw was Lolei which has nice carving and looked like Pre Rup. Preah Ko has nice carving too, the three headed naga(dragon) were impressive. Bakong is the last temple we saw of the day. There was a 5 lever pyramid temple in the center and it surrounded by 8 brick towers -yet another beautiful temple.
At night, we went to Pub Street for our dinner, very good Cambodian dinner.
Day 5 :
Today, we decided not to see any temple. We walked down the street from our hotel, to see those shops along the street. We then ended up at the center market. There were so many stores in that building! Clothes, bags, craft…we didn’t stay for a long time because it was so hot and uncomfortable. We then decided to go back to Pub Street for lunch. After lunch, we headed back because it was so hot and we didn’t feel like staying outside.
We were so happy and excited!
Day 6 :
Get up early for the flight home…Good bye Siem Reap.
Besides the temple, what made Cambodia even more special are the people.