Day 1 - Hello Siem Reap!
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March 26th, 2009 – by: invizee
Palm Garden Lodge was a simple guesthouse strategically located near the Old Market area. As we had come to Siem Reap without a clear itinerary planned out, we had a mini 'conference' with the Lodge's tuk-tuk drivers who gave some helpful recommendations and basically guided us along the best places to sightsee.
We took a walk around Psar Cha (old market), which is essentailly catered for tourists with the usual handicrafts on offer. Lunch was at a Malaysian restaurant called D'wau. Serving fares of delicious Malay food at affordable prices, this place is highly recommended! The portions were huge - i can still remember the huge glasses of refreshing pineapple juice. Tummies fully satisfied, we decided to buy our 3 day Angkor Pass at US$40. We were still early as the ticket office opens in the late evening, so our drivers drove us around the countryside to give us a feel of Siem Reap's rustic lifestyle. Having obtained our passes (involving a long queue and taking a digital photo), we were able to gain entry to Phnom Bakheng, a temple on a hilltop location to see the sun set.
Be warned that the climb is rather tortorous - for someone with no stamina (like me perhaps). A trek up a slope and more climbing on the very steep temple steps is what we had to face. Place was overcrowded with tourists jostling for a good spot. The view was a tad disappointing as it was cloudy that day. In fact the climb up was more of an experience than the view! It is recommended to quickly make your way down once the sun sets, as darkness falls pretty fast and it's dangerous to make your way down the steps without much light. I remember clutching the side of the temple and crouching and squatting my way down the steps one by one. I really did not want to roll down the temple steps. There have been quite a few accidents involving tourists!
Anyway, we headed back to check out the food offerings at the night markets for dinner, but nothing proved appetising enough. Ended up eating dinner at the lodge before turning in early.
Angkor Wat the next morning!
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