#22 – Angkor – Siem Reap, Cambodia

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Angkor Wat.

Constructed by The Khmer King Suryavarman II, Angkor Wat was considered as one of the largest religious Hindu temples in the world.  It is also estimated as the largest sandstone and laterite temple in the world.  Approximately 300,000 millions tonnes of stone and 35years to build it.  King Suryavarman II was one of the most conquering kings of the Khmer empire, who reigned in 1112-1152.  Modern engineers roughly estimate that it would have taken 300 years with modern technology to replicate building a project this size.  Angkor Wat and the Angkor Archaeological Park became a UNESCO protected site in 1992.

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The newest bus company in Cambodia is called Giant Ibis.  I highly recommend this company as although it is a few more dollars than the rest of the available buses, the quality you get from the ride is so vastly better.  On Giant Ibis buses, you will also receive water, wet nap, and a snack.  From what I know, there are also fewer stops along the way which mean you get to your destination faster.  Another plus besides the A/C bus, they play current Hollywood movies.  I watched Avengers and The Bourne Legacy, both nice to rewatch.

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HI Hostel.  Part of the Hostelling International chain of hostels.  This one was a pretty good one centrally located near the Old Market.

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Kids swimming naked in the extremely dirty river moat.

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The Old Market.

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This dish is called Amok, but it is essentially Cambodian curry.  It was really one of the tastiest Cambodian dishes I have had out there.

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Waking up early for Angkor Wat was a nightmare.  Very professional ticket booths as they even take your picture to print on your ticket.  I guess this was to prevent passing off tickets for re-entry?  Anyways, tickets were available for $20 for 1 day, $40 for 3 days, or $60 for 7 days.  I figure the max and best time spent in the park was 2 days.  However, I opted to go for 1 day and would re-buy had I needed a 2nd.  Realistically, 2 days would have been perfect, but being the hottest time of the year, the heat destroyed me in just 1 and I couldn’t bear to go the 2nd.  Depending on the person, 1 day is perfectly fine if you are paced and don’t take ridiculously long for taking pictures, otherwise 2 days for the average person is also fine.

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Gathering of peeps for the sunrise reflection.

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Pano.

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Repping Canada.  And sorry, I refused to shop my photos, too lazy!

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LOL at lone dude.

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Leading towards Angkor Thom.

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Gate. Duh.

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Bayon @ Angkor Thom (and some others) were, I felt much more impressive than Angkor Wat.

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Today I had the pleasure of touring around Angkor Park with Veronique, French-Canadian from Ottawa.

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Ta Prohm, the famous ‘Tomb Raider’ temple.

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HOT AS F**K.

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End of the day.  Yes please.

Lastly, next is Sihanoukville, Cambodia.  My final destination and the place where my phone was stolen.  Actually, half of Siem Reap was also lost, and had I unknowingly dragged over my pictures one late night (of which I didn’t find out until I reached back in Thailand), I would have lost all of my pictures.  The next post will be… picture-less.  Sadface :(.

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Actually recovered 2 pictures from the Siem Reap nearby the Old Market! Wooo fish massage. I died from the tickles. Hah.

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3 comments on “#22 – Angkor – Siem Reap, Cambodia
  1. Roy says:

    Did you find the Triangle of Light?!??! or Lara Croft never returned it to Angkor Wat? lol
    nice pics dude

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