We had a quick vacay at Siem Reap, Cambodia last April 2019 just in time for their annual Khmer New Year. It was just a quick three-day visit but I’m so happy that we’ve made the most of it. We’ve been into several temples in just two days—a total of seven temples to be exact. We literally did a “temple hopping” tho.
⋅ Day 1 ⋅
Angkor Enterprise (📍Apsara Rd, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia)
This is their airport-like facility where you’ll have to purchase the “Angkor-pass” which applies to foreign visitors.
What’s with the Angkor-pass?
The Angkor-pass serves as a ticket for all the temples. It is to be presented upon entering each one so better not lose it. I have also read an article that part of the sale of each ticket will be donated to a Children’s Hospital and also for the maintenance and restoration of each sites. This can also be bought online but we prefer to buy it at the ticket center itself.
Preah Khan Temple (📍Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia)
This was the first temple we visited. Preah Khan translates to “the Sacred Sword” and was built in the 12th century. It remained unrestored but I still see such beauty in it.
Ta Som Temple (📍Angkor Archaeological Park, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia)
The second temple we’ve visited. Nothing special, other than the friendly guards roaming around and happily taking our photos.
Neak Pean Temple (📍Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia)
A long long way before reaching the actual temple. But it was a fun walk tho except the intense heat.
Pre Rup Temple (📍Angkor Archaeological Park, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia)
This one’s my favorite temple next to Angkor Wat because idk… nothing to do with it’s history but just the temple itself.
Banteay Srei Temple (📍Phnom Dei, Cambodia)
Upon digging through my gallery, I just realized that this was the only photo I have at Banteay Srei Temple since it was our fifth and last temple for the day and let me tell you this… It was really tiring strolling under the 40-degree celsius heat therefore I was not in the mood to take photos plus I’ve had enough photos for the day.
After our temple hopping, we immediately went back to our hotel at Rimong La Residences to get some rest.
Dinner at Koulen II Restaurant (📍# 5, Street Sivutha, Mondul 2 Village, Cambodia)
We had a buffet dinner while watching a show and performance of their amazing traditional dances. Bear with me if I wasn’t able to take photos of the food because I was so hungry that time plus I left my camera at the hotel. But this is actually a good place for dinner!
⋅ Day 2 ⋅
Angkor Wat Temple (📍Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia)
ANGKOR WAAAAT? LOL. Pun intended tho. Angkor Wat temple is known as the one of the largest religious monuments in the world. The best time of visit is during the dawn to catch the mesmerizing sunrise. We were there at 5:20AM and patiently waited for the beautiful sunrise.
Bayon Temple (📍Angkor Thom Angkor Archeological Park, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia)
Ta Prohm Temple (📍Angkor Archaeological Park, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia)
Pub Street and Angkor Night Market (📍Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia)
Had our last night and best night at Pub Street just in time for the annual Khmer New Year. I had such great experience during their celebration and I would be so happy to share it to you.
This portable bar is such a good find around Pub Street! Plus you have the chance to play any music you would love to listen to while enjoying their drinks!
Ya’ll wonder what’s with my face? Why I was covered with some baby powder? Well, story time!!! So while were strolling around the Pub Street during the Khmer New Year celebration, almost everyone have their water guns and baby powder with them. They then shoot any people who walks near them. But I had an idea to just act natural so that I won’t be a target and I was so wrong because I also became the target. We are on our way to the end of Pub Street to ride their traditional tuktuk when all of a sudden I got hit by water from water guns (and even hose!!!) plus there’s this random people who smeared some baby powder in my face and my dress.
So I went back to our hotel drenched and covered with powder. So… was it fun? OF COURSE IT WAS!
⋅ Day 3 ⋅
Angkor National Museum (📍968 Vithei, Charles De Gaulle, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia)
T Galleria Cambodia (📍No 968 Vithei, Charles De Gaulle, Cambodia)
Just beside the Angkor Museum is this duty free and shopping center. We just bought few chocolates for ourselves. Ha ha!
Will just add it here. I first tried Kopitiam at Singapore so this was the second time I got to try this one and their food’s awesome! So feel free to try this one located outside the Phnom Penh International Airport before leaving the country.
Few tips when traveling to Cambodia:
- Always bring water, umbrella, fan/ rechargeable fan, and face towels with you especially when strolling around the temples. Cambodia is characterized with intense heat and dust so make sure to always stay cool and hydrated to enjoy every minute of your vacation.
- Don’t wear shorts, off shoulders, and sleeveless when going inside the temples. Temples are known to be a sacred place especially for the locals that is why exposed outfits are not allowed inside. Don’t be like me who wore shorts but ends up needing to cover up my legs with a red shawl which is hassle for me but had had to take responsibility with my fault. Heheh.
- Try their iced coffee and fresh fruit shakes. Perfect to beat the heat! I think I had about two iced coffee and five fruit shakes during our 3-day stay.
- Their currency is Cambodian Riel but they also accept USD for payment. We just used USD for all the payment and transactions but they sometimes give Cambodian Riel for change which got us confused but is just common for them.
- Make sure to experience a tuktuk ride. It is super fun riding a tuktuk especially at night because of the fresh air and you’ll get to appreciate more the city than riding a usual van or taxi.