Originally posted: November 19, 2014
First visit: January 2010
Places visited: Siem Reap
Photography by Arthur Jeciel
In late December of 2009, Mike and I were visiting Vietnam and decided we would also spend a few days in Siem Reap, Cambodia to fulfill our dreams of seeing one of the most beautiful monuments in the world, the Angkor Wat. First, we spent our Christmas and New Year in the lovely island of Phu Quoc and then flew to Siem Reap. Here's our 3 day itinerary in Siem Reap which pretty much covers the top sights in this magnificent city with countless temples.
The terminal building has a very interesting design that somehow tells you that you have indeed arrived in Cambodia.
It was our first night in Siem Reap and our itinerary included a buffet dinner at a restaurant close to the hotel we were staying. The food reminded me of the same food we have in the Philippines specially their desserts. So good!! Of course, there was also a cultural dance show which Mike and I both enjoyed.
The following day, our guide met us at the hotel lobby for our morning tour, a visit to the temples of Angkor Thom. The south gate is a 20-meter high gate crowned by four stone faces.
After visiting the Bayon Temple in the morning, our guide decided we would have a lunch break and then late in afternoon, visit the monument which was actually the highlight of our tour, the famous Angkor Wat.
Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument in the world with the whole site measuring 162 hectares.
Angkor Wat is considered as one of the most beautiful monuments in the world. It was a Hindu temple first before it became a Buddhist temple.
There was so much to understand while doing our visit here but our guide did his best to give us a basic history of this temple. Needless to say, we were so ecstatic after this tour and couldn't thank our guide enough for his knowledge and patience.
The following day, we visited the Banteay Srei known for its rose pink temples. It is a 10th century Cambodian temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. The modern name Banteay Srei means "Citadel of Women".
We felt like we did not have enough time as there were a lot to see inside the Banteay Srei Temple with all its details but we had to move on and go to our next stop, the Ta Prohm Temple. This temple became even more famous when some scenes from the movie Tomb Raider featuring Angelina Jolie were filmed here.
Our day had been very interesting and fruitful again and on our last day in Siem Reap, we visited a handicraft store.
After visiting Siem Reap, Mike and I both agreed that we have just spent one of our most memorable vacations in the world right here in Siem Reap, Cambodia. To our guide and driver who spent three days with us showing the beauty and richness of their culture, "Arkoun"! And to all of you who haven't visited the Angkor Wat yet, please do so. You will definitely enjoy every single moment of it!
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