Speaking of Cambodia, first thing comes to mind is always Angkor Wat, it’s a loooong history as it was originally constructed as a Hindu temple for the Khmer Empire and gradually it transformed into a Buddhist temple toward the end of the 12th century.
For a 4 days trip in Siem Reap > 15th to 18th May 2015, I decided to hire a car with driver as we have 8 peoples in a group, and most importantly, I know it’s gonna be hot!
Day 1 – Kuala Lumpur > Siem Reap
Kuala Lumpur (klia2) (KUL) 13:20
AirAsia – AK540
|Siem Reap (REP) 14:20|
After arrival, we get a tuk tuk airport pick up arranged by our hotel.
Checked in Reflection Art Boutique Hotel
We get welcoming drinks and then rested a while in the hotel before heading out to the market. Frankly, I was exhausted already after 20 mins tuk tuk ride from Airport to town, but the very nice boutique hotel did cheered me up a bit.It’s a boutique hotel with about 8-10 rooms and we have already occupied 4 rooms so basically it’s like we owned the whole hotel!
07:30am Driver pick us up from hotel and we are ready for the temples hopping!
First, it’s the really far away temple > Beng Melea (75km), the entrance fee is $5 each person. On the way, when we saw this little stall by the roadside, we pulled off the car aside and bought some of these bamboo sticky rice!
It took about 1 & half hours to get to Beng Melea, I was really glad that I decided to hire a car while we saw people taking tuk tuk on the way, can you imagine taking tuk tuk for an hour with all the dusts flying here & there? Nope. Sorry. I. Can’t. =P
If you don’t know what is Beng Melea, you should have came across some pictures like this on the internet. One of the really famous spot for picture!
4:30pm We go and get the one day pass for Angkor Wat for our next day visit and after that Sunset at Phnom Backeng.
To get to this point, you will need a short hike up the hill and after that, you’ll have to queue to get a pass to go up to the temple as there is a limitation of how many people can visit the temple at one time.
Siem Reap Pub Street
After getting back to hotel, we get a rest and headed out for a drink! The Pub Street of course!
Like a boss!! Who doesn’t love the $0.50 draft beer?
Start at 05:00am, driver picked us up and we are ready for the sunrise at Angkor Wat!
I was really excited when I see this but unfortunately the weather is not doing good, it’s a bit cloudy hence we can’t really see a nice sunrise.
The thing that a bit annoyed me are the kids that trying to sell postcards around, I mean I’m not saying that they’re cheating but it got a bit annoyed after a few kids kept on following you around.
Next, Banteay Srei (37km).
It was really really hot to the point that I need to drink a bottle of water each time I finish touring one temple.
Ta Prohm/Preah Khan
(South Gate Angkor Tom, Bayon, Baphuon, Phimeanakas, Terra of the Elephants, Terra of the Leper King, North Kleang, South Kleang)
Thanks to our really extraordinary tour guide, we enter Angkor Tom basically using the ‘back entrance’, the not so known entrance which has no crowd at all!
Last but not least the Angkor Wat!
Day 4 – Siem Reap > Kuala Lumpur
Siem Reap Old Market
The Old Market is basically the place where we had our meal all the time! We were warned before visiting Siem Reap that we shouldn’t eat anything on the roadside, but as a Penangite, we know the best food is always by the roadside isn’t it???
Ignored the warns and we had the noodle soup, maybe because we were ‘immuned’ already so after having the roadside foods, we’re all still in good condition. =D
After strolling around the area, we decided to grab some alcohols from the supermarket and have our little party in the hotel! And guess what, not the local beer but SOJU! Look how K-Pop addicts are we!
Must try > French Bread
Green Curry Fish
If you needed a driver in Siem Reap, you can contact or email Kriss.