Cambodia Day 7: Siam Reap Tour

We woke up at 4 am today to see the sunrise at Angkor Wat. The trip from city center to Angkor Wat took about 20 minutes and another 10 minutes walk from the car park to inside the complex. We departed from Ta Prohm Hotel at 5 am, but actually we should have gone earlier at 4 am. When we arrive near the small lake outside Angkor Wat, it has already full of tourists and we can’t have a good spot for decent photographs. Certainly getting early and book a seat there is a better option.

dscf0829Waiting for Sunrise at Angkor Wat, Siam Reap
After the sunrise we went inside the Angkor Wat and go directly to the third level of Angkor Wat to see the surrounding from higher point of view. You should go there directly after the sunrise to avoid long queue (sometimes it took an hour to get there). We queue for 15 minutes before hiking to the third level. The panorama from there is quite good, but nothing spectacular. We toured around the temple further afterwards then got back to our car.

dscf0940Second Level of Angkor Wat, Siam Reap

dscf0967View from the Third Level of Angkor Wat, Siam Reap

siam-reap10Stairway to the Second Level of Angkor Wat, Siam Reap

siam-reap11Pillars at the Third Level of Angkor Wat, Siam Reap

dscf0984Apsara Carving at Angkor Wat, Siam Reap

dscf0988Angkor Wat, Siam Reap

dscf0994Inside the Angkor Wat Complex, Siam Reap

dscf0996Hallway at Angkor Wat, Siam Reap

dscf1002Angkor Wat Taken from the Moat, Siam Reap

The second stop was Angkor Thom, an ancient city nearby Angkor Wat. The complex was 12 Km2, but the temple inside was not very large, there isn’t a lot to photograph there, as tourists have crowded the area. We continue our trip to Ta Prohm, the famous temple in Tomb Raider movie by Anglina Jolie. It was also crowded in there, but it is amazing to see how nature and ancient architecture interwined together. Definitely should go in Cambodia.

dscf1059Bayon Temple at Angkor Thom, Siam Reap

dscf1065Bayon Temple at Angkor Thom, Siam Reap

dscf1078Bayon Temple at Angkor Thom, Siam Reap

dscf1090Elephant Terrace and Terrace of the Leper King, Angkor Complex

dscf1105Ta Prohm, Siam Reap

dscf1126The Jungle-Interwined Temple of Ta Prohm, Siam Reap

dscf1158The Jungle-Interwined Temple of Ta Prohm, Siam Reap

We headed back to town around 11 am and have slightly early lunch in the PubStreet. Our tour had ended, but we planned to go to Phnom Bakheng for sunset later on. We took a shower (we haven’t this morning) and slept for two hours until 14.00.

dscf1190Pub Street at the City Centre, Siam Reap

At 14.00 sharp we woke up and change our clothes, we departed to Phnom Bakheng by tug-tug, for only $ 15 back and forth including 3 hours waiting time. We also tour around the Angkor archeological complex for 45 minutes before going to Phnom Bakheng. We arrived at the foot of Phnom Bakheng at 3.30 pm and paid $5 to ride a motorcycle up the hill instead of walking. You could also took an elephant ride for $20, but the queue is quite long.

dscf1205Stairway to Phnom Bakheng, Siam Reap

dscf1211View from Phnom Bakheng, Siam Reap

dscf1214Tourists Waiting for Sunset at Phnom Bakheng, Siam Reap

dscf1290Phnom Bakheng, Siam Reap

The view from Phnom Bakheng was okay, but we can’t see Angkor Wat from the top and many trees were coverig our view. We descent the hill for 20 minutes then went back to the city.

dscf1310A kid (local vendor) Eating Spider at Pub Street, Siam Reap

dscf1314Fried Spider, Scorpion, Other Insects and Worm Sold at the Pub Street

dscf1316Fried Spiders

dscf1317Fried Scorpion

dscf1325Lively Environment of Pub Street at Night, Siam Reap

We ate at the Old House, a very recommended and affordable western and local restaurant in the PubStreet, I had a pork steak for $7 while my father had a tom yum for $5.


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