Siem Reap 2014 Part 1

We went for our first couple trip this December, many years after our last couple trip to Korea in 2007 if I’m not wrong.. Really can’t remember exactly but it was many years ago..

Anyway, I actually suggested to hubby about going to Siem Reap or Phnom Penh as the airfare was very cheap if we were to take a budget flight.. He dismissed the idea until I shared an itinerary on UOB Travel with him.. I’ve always wanted to see Angkor Wat for myself and was glad he finally agreed. Of course I had to check with Emily to see if she could help to babysit my 2 kids.. Thankfully, she gladly agreed although she had to ferry the kids to the various activities and enrichment classes.. How blessed am I? The kids were also happy to know that they would be staying with their favourite aunt during our trip.. hee…

So we set off on 2 Dec, 2 days after we returned from our Bandung trip .. hee.. we took SilkAir and had to have a short transit in Da Nang before we carried on to Siem Reap.. By the time we reached our hotel, it was close to dinner time.. We freshened up a bit and walked for about 5 min to Angkor Trade Centre for dinner.. We were not too adventurous so we settled for BBQ Chicken.. My man ordered the local beer which cost USD1.60..

Angkor beer

Angkor beer

After dinner, we shopped at the supermarket for some snacks before we called it a day..

On day 2, we got ready at 8am to meet our guide at the lobby.. Our package included a one day tour with an English speaking guide.. Thinking it would be a hot day, I was dressed in shorts but the guide actually asked if I have something that would be long enough to cover my knees as shorts were not appropriate for temple visits.. I changed into jeans as I didn’t have something in between..

First, we had to get our passes before we visited the various temples.. It cost USD20 for a 1-day pass, USD40 for a 3-day pass and USD60 for a 1-week temple pass to visit the temples.. Our package included a 1-day pass and we needed to have our photos printed on each pass..

My 1-day temple pass

My 1-day temple pass

After we’ve made our passes, we visited the South Gate of Angkor Thom, Bayon, Baphuon, Phimeanakas, Elephants Terrace and drove pass Terrace of the Leper King.

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I’m glad we had a guide as he could tell us a lot about the history of Cambodia.. After the temple visits, we had Khmer fare for lunch at a local restaurant…

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The friendly guide actually asked us where we would want to go the next day and I asked about Floating Village Tonle Sap.. He offered to bring us there since there was time and since it was drizzling, it was not a good idea to visit Angkor Wat..

We paid for the boat tour as this was not inclusive in the package.. I can’t remember how much we paid for the ride but according to my hubby, we paid USD25/pax.. Now that I think about it, it was really expensive but I guess we are helping the locals earn a living.. Along the way, we actually see many young children trying to sell postcards and souvenirs.. life is different there and I guess that’s how it is for them… the guide shared that education is free there but not all parents see the value of education as they are struggling to make a living.. It would be good for our kids to come here when they are older as sometimes you need to see the world to appreciate what you have and be grateful..

Floating provision shop

Floating provision shop

 

Seamstress at work

Seamstress at work

We stopped by a restaurant called Freshwater Fish Exhibit Restaurant along the way and saw some crocodiles and stuff..

Poor crocodiles...

Poor crocodiles…

After that, we continued the tour back to the jetty and then made our way to Angkor Wat..

The beauty of Angkor Wat

The beauty of Angkor Wat

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Beautiful sunset

Beautiful sunset

After that, we moved on to have buffet dinner at Koulen Restaurant while watching a traditional Apsara dance show..

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It was a long and tiring day for us.. but it was definitely a fruitful one..
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