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Siem Reap Day 4: Hotel 89, Pub Street, Old Market, Pub Street Alley, Chamkar Vegetarian Restaurant

I didn’t have any plan for my last day (day 4) at Siem Reap. Therefore I spent the morning at the hotel enjoying a ‘slow’ breakfast and later chit-chatting with the staff again.


This is what we had for breakfast (included in room rate). The breakfast consist of 2 toasted bread, 2 hams, 2 eggs, butter and jam, orange and/or tea/coffee and a plate of fruits.

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Siem Reap Day 3: Bayon, Angkor Thom, Blue Pumpkin, Old Market (Phsar Chas) & Angkor Night Market (Part 2)

Here’s Day 1 to Day 3’s recap:
Siem Reap Day 1: Khmer Kitchen Restaurant & Artisans d’Angkor (Part 1)
Siem Reap Day 1: Angkor Temples – Preah Khan & South Gate & North Gate of Angkor Thom (Part 2)
Siem Reap Day 2: Center Market (Phsar Kandal) & Red Piano
Siem Reap Day 3: Angkor Wat & Ta Prohm (Part 1)

After Ta Prohm, I still have to make one more stop even though it’s urgghhh SCORCHING HOT!!! There is no way I’m going to miss the beautiful Bayon temple.

On the way to Angkor Thom (that’s where Bayon lies), we passed Ta Keo again. Here’s a snap shot of it from the moving tuk-tuk.


Don’t bother visit Ta Keo if you are pressed for time. This temple lacks carvings and the steps are more dangerous than those found in Angkor Wat.

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Siem Reap Day 3: Angkor Wat & Ta Prohm (Part 1)

Here’s Day 1’s & Day 2’s recap:
Siem Reap Day 1: Khmer Kitchen Restaurant & Artisans d’Angkor (Part 1)
Siem Reap Day 1: Angkor Temples – Preah Khan & South Gate & North Gate of Angkor Thom (Part 2)
Siem Reap Day 2: Center Market (Phsar Kandal) & Red Piano

On day 3, we had an early breakfast at our B&B and then we’re off to the temples. I was back to my normal self. No more stomach-ache or nausea. Wohoo! &*@^!# carrot juice & antibiotics!!!

This will be our last day visiting the temples (as this is the third day; our temple pass expires today). We started our morning adventure at Angkor Wat.


In our tuk-tuk with morning breeze hitting our face and a view of Angkor Wat not far ahead.

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Siem Reap Day 2: Center Market (Phsar Kandal) & Red Piano

So we are ahem on Day 2 of my Siem Reap trip.

Here’s Day 1 if you missed it.
Siem Reap Day 1: Khmer Kitchen Restaurant & Artisans d’Angkor (Part 1)
Siem Reap Day 1: Angkor Temples – Preah Khan & South Gate & North Gate of Angkor Thom (Part 2)

I wasn’t feeling well the night before. On day 2 the nausea feeling is still present. I feel like puking all the time. Day 2 is the day I plan to watch sunrise at Angkor Wat but I had to cancel it. More pity is my tuk-tuk driver who waited for me at 4am. Of course I called lobby to cancel the ride so that he doesn’t have to wait for me. I’m not upset for not going to Angkor Wat for the sunrise because I had my sunrise view on the flight here which is outrageously stunning though the only thing missing is the Angkor Wat silhouette. Haha

We had breakfast at the hotel at 8am and then went back to sleep. Kekeke We only went out again at 10am+ to check out the Center Market (known as Phsar Kandal to the locals).


These are the only photos I managed to take because although I still have some ‘puking feeling’, the shopping at least take my mind off the matter for awhile. There were not many tourist. Maybe it’s still early morning. Managed to grab 2 sling bags @ US$4. But I gotta tell you 1 thing. Most of the stalls sell basically the same goods. So after awhile you kinda lose interest.

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Siem Reap Day 1: Angkor Temples – Preah Khan & South Gate & North Gate of Angkor Thom (Part 2)

continuation from Siem Reap Day 1: Khmer Kitchen Restaurant & Artisans d’Angkor (Part 1)

Note: Super LONG post. Read at your own risk. Hehe

I actually plan to visit the temples right after Artisan d’Angkor but the scorching heat made me head back to Zzzzz. 😛

Around 3.30pm we head out to purchase our 3 days Angkor Temples pass that cost US$40 ($$ fly away). There’s also the choice of 1 day pass @ US$20 or 7 days pass @ US$60. When you purchase the pass, you need to inform which date you’re visiting the temples because the operator will print the visiting dates on the pass. Also they will take your photo with web cam. Your picture will be printed on the pass. All this is done in less than 2 minutes. Yup that fast. And because of this I forgot to take some photos at the counter. Aiyak.

For those who have been to the temples surely you must be questioning me right now. Why get the pass before 5pm? Yes the day itself will be counted as 1 day. If I get the pass after 5pm, I can enter the temples after 5pm for free which means I have sort of like 1 hour free because ticket issued after 5pm is valid for next day. But nah… I don’t like this deal. Haha

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Siem Reap Day 1: Khmer Kitchen Restaurant & Artisans d’Angkor (Part 1)

Prologue

I recently backpacked to Siem Reap, Cambodia for 4 days, 4 nights during Chinese New Year [21st February-25th February 2010 – yes it spells 5 days but the fact that I was on an early plane home (read: 8am GMT+7) on 25th mean I only have 4 days].

Ok here’s the shocking news: I was ‘templed out’ way before I step in the plane. LOL What a joke ya??

Unlike my other trips, I didn’t plan my Siem Reap itinerary until the very last moment due to some reasons. It was a week before the departure day that I started frantically googling and reading all about the temples, things to do, thing to see, etc. I was looking at so many photos of the temples in the web and reading so many travelogues of Siem Reap until… until… I was templed out! (read: sick of looking at temples) I decided not to read anything more about Siem Reap 2 days before departure as I was getting nausea from looking at ANGKOR TEMPLES!. Will tell you later how I fare during the temples visit. Hehe

I witnessed a stunning deep orange sunrise during the morning Air Asia flight to Siem Reap. What a way to start your day ya?


I thought of what Angkor Wat would look like with this stunner as the backdrop. And I thought ‘hey, never mind if I don’t see the sun rises at Angkor Wat, this is impressive enough.’ –> mistake!!!

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