As Grand As The Angkor

Part 5 of 8

(Unluckily) We woke up to the sound of light rain. It had been raining on and off since the start of SIGA in Siem Reap and most of my SSEAYP friends went to Angkor Wat for three consecutive days to watch the sunrise, but to no avail. It was really cloudy that day so we dismissed the idea of seeing the sunrise. Nevertheless, we pushed through with our plans. Bunsong drove us from the hotel to Angkor. Steve and I decided to choose just the prominent temples since touring the entire Angkor area would require at least three days.

Our first stop was, of course, the Angkor Wat, which is said to be the greatest masterpiece of Khmer architecture, with the highest quality being executed. It is about four miles long and is surrounded by beautiful historical carvings and statues. It took us around three and a half hours to go around the whole temple and climb the really steep stairs to reach to top of the temple.

Since we still had to go to the Floating Village at 9 a.m. (thanks to G-Boy and Sucy for the tip), we decided to go back to the other temples in the afternoon. From the hotel, we went to the Floating Village by van. The journey took about an hour on a little rough road, afterwhich, we rode a boat to the where the Floating Village is.

The village is located in Tonle Sap – the Great Lake – the largest lake in Southeast Asia. This is a self-sufficient village which has everything floating as the name goes – homes, basketball court, restaurtant, school, church, souvenir shops, and grocery stores. There are more than a thousand residents in this village, all relying on the Great Lake for their daily needs. Some of them make their living by selling colas and fruits to tourists on board the boats.

We finished going around the area before lunch. So, Steve and I explored the Pub Street for a perfect lunch and enjoyed Khmer Kitchen’s food.

Books For Sale in Pub Street

After lunch, we booked the tuk-tuk (This is one great way of experiencing the Khmer culture. Thanks to Mr. Kosal, our tuk-tuk driver and our guide. He is very jolly and accommodating, and that added up to the fun experience we had! 🙂 ) and proceeded to the Angkor to visit Bayon, Ta Phrom, and Banteai Srei. Ta Phrom is my favorite aside from the Angkor Wat. It is a very large temple (large enough that we even got lost) and one of the most beautiful of the Angkor temples. It is surrounded by a jungle and hasn’t been restored. It was also one of the shooting venues of the movie, Tomb Raider.

We wanted to wait for the sunset but by five p.m., the area was still cloudy and it was expected to rain again in the evening. So, we opted to go back to the hotel to take a little rest. Our cameras needed to be charged too, and that gave us enough reason. 🙂

Our suppossedly one hour rest was extended to the next day. There were no regrets, though, since our short affair with Siem Reap was a grand as the Angkor! 🙂 (Plus, we knew that we were definitely going back! 🙂 )

(Busong, thanks for the short hosting. I admire your energy! 🙂 )

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  1. […] man-made wonders, I saw the Great Wall of China this time after Taj Mahal (India) in 2002 and Angkor Wat just last May. Seeing the Great Wall up, close, and personal was exhilarating. At the same time, seeing […]

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