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Three Countries In Ten Days: Reach For The Clouds At Pre Rup

July 21st, 2009 by

PRE RUP, SIEM REAP (CAMBODIA) – It is true when people say one’s power cannot be measured by size alone. In the case of Banteay Srei, its small proportion compared to the majestic Angkor Thom or Angkor Wat did not even matter. Banteay Srei was equally fascinating because of its reddish sandstone images and very ornate carvings. Banteay Srei left us giddy.

Welcome to Pre Rup

It started to drizzle while we were exploring Banteay Srei. So we decided to wrap up and leave for another temple called Pre Rup. Actually, we passed by Pre Rup on our way to Banteay Srei but we decided to visit on our way back.

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Three Countries In Ten Days: Ornate Carvings At Banteay Srei

July 17th, 2009 by

BANTEAY SREI, SIEM REAP (CAMBODIA) – We were still floating in cloud 9 from our visit to Angkor Wat when we realized that we spent several hours exploring the majestic temple.

Entrance of Banteay Srei

We checked the brochures and travel book that we just bought from a persistent young boy. We were trying to figure out where to head next. Mr. Sambo, our English speaking guide, suggested that we visit another temple which is located far from the city center. He was referring to Banteay Srei. Given that Banteay Srei is located about an hour away from Angkor Wat, we were asked to pay an additional US$ 10.00 for the tuk-tuk’s gasoline consumption. My partner and I were game for anything so we decided to go for it. If you plan to visit any of the far temples, make sure that you settle the fee first and expect to pay additional because of the distance.

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Three Countries In Ten Days: Angkor Wat Is Beyond Words

July 14th, 2009 by

ANGKOR WAT, SIEM REAP (CAMBODIA) – We simply cannot believe that we have only been in Siem Reap a day having been able to visit two unforgettable temples, Angkor Thom and Ta Phrom. If it were not for the rain, we would have hiked or rode an elephant uphill to catch the famous sunset at Phnom Bakheng. Since the sunset was covered by gray colored clouds, we decided to skip that and just head back to our hotel for an early dinner. We needed all the rest that we can get most especially since our second day would have to start extra early for our sunrise tour of Angkor Wat. This is why it is also important to book a room in any of the nice hotels in Siem Reap like the Angkor Miracle Resort and Spa Siem Reap Hotel.

Good Morning Angkor Wat

We woke up at 4:00 am so that we can be at Angkor Wat by 5:00 pm in time for the sunrise. We rode the tuk-tuk of Mr. Rith and we were accompanied again by Mr. Sambo. It was a very chilly and calm morning. The skies have already started to lighten in color.

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Three Countries In Ten Days: Tantalizing Ta Phrom

July 10th, 2009 by

TA PHROM, SIEM REAP (CAMBODIA) – It rained so hard while we were still walking around Angkor Thom and exploring the other towers of The Bayon. Mr. Sambo, our English speaking tour guide, told us that we arrived in the middle of the rainy season. But it was not all bad. Just like today, we arrived in extremely sunny Siem Reap with the sun almost scorching our skin and melting us alive. The weather suddenly changed after twelve noon when the clear skies were suddenly enveloped by dark gray rain clouds that brought the rain which drenched us to the bones.

Ta Phrom

After the rain stopped, Mr. Sambo asked Mr. Rith to drive us to our next destination. It was time for us to go to the next temple on our list, Ta Phrom.

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Three Countries In Ten Days: Astounding Angkor Thom

July 7th, 2009 by

ANGKOR THOM, SIEM REAP (CAMBODIA) – One of the obvious challenges that you will face when visiting the Angkor temples in Siem Reap, Cambodia would be time management.  This is why it is important to book a room in a hotel in Siem Reap like the Angkor Star Hotel Siem Reap as you would definitely have to stay more than a day.  In the first place, how in the world can you fit in exploring all the breathtaking temples in what little time you have?

South Gate of Angkor Thom

The order by which you would want to explore the Angkor temples is very subjective and will depend highly on your personal preference.  Take into consideration the amount of time that you have allocated for your trip.  Based on our prior research before our trip, we found out that it is ideal to set aside at least three days for your Siem Reap stop.  One week is definitely a lot better.  Unfortunately, there are instances when tourists are simply “passing by” Siem Reap on their way somewhere.  In the cases, tourist guides and tour companies within Siem Reap can help you plan and make the most out of your stay.  They would know which temples to prioritize and the best itineraries to follow.

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Three Countries In Ten Days: Malaysia To Cambodia

July 3rd, 2009 by

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA – After an early wake-up call by our hotel in Kuala Lumpur at 3:00 am, we found ourselves riding a cab to Kuala Lumpur Central which was the designated pick up point of the Sky Bus.  We were going around for a couple of minutes that we missed our 4:30am bus and had to wait for another thirty minutes for the next bus.  Since the airport was roughly an hour away, I was getting worried that we might not be able to make it on time for our 7:00 am flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Since we were lucky, the dependable Sky Bus arrived ten minutes early so we were already at the check-in counter by 5:50 am.  After grabbing a dozen doughnuts from a doughnuts stall, we were already comfortably seated at the boarding gate waiting for the ground crew of Air Asia to give the go signal for boarding.  Great thing, the plane sashayed down the runway at exactly 7:00 am.  In no time at all, the in-flight crew started rolling the food cart.  My partner and I took advantage of being able to choose our meals online when we bought our Air Asia tickets.  By doing so, we were able to purchase our meals in advance and at discounted prices.  I chose to have Roti Canai while my partner chose Nasi Lemak.  The meals were served piping hot.  Not bad at all for in-flight food.

Siem Reap International Airport

In less than an hour, the captain announced that the plane has started its descent to Siem Reap, Cambodia.  Oooh, I couldn’t contain my excitement!!!

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Visiting the Angor Wat Temple

April 7th, 2009 by

Take a detour through Angkor, Cambodia and you’ll stumble upon an incredible site. The Angor Wat Temple complex, built in the 12th century for King Suryavarman II, is a stunning example of early Khmer architecture. Today it is one of the most visited attractions in all of Cambodia.

The History Behind Angkor Wat

Angor Wat Temple
Image credit: kopretinka

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Must Visit Places In Cambodia

November 11th, 2008 by

Angkor WatCambodia may be one of the poorest nations in Asia, but it is rich in cultural heritage. From the majestic temples in the jungle to the memorials dedicated to the millions who died during the Khmer Rouge years, Cambodia has a few gems worth visiting.

Angkor Archeological Park

The home of Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, and Bayom Temple. The best way to see the major parts of this heritage site is through a tour group, which has access to areas not easily reachable by individuals. Read more about this amazing temple city here which is famous for the Tomb Raider site location shooting.

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The Vibrant Vehicles And Vessels Of Asia

October 16th, 2008 by

Star FerryA few Asian countries can boast of first world-levels of transportation in terms of speed, safety, and efficiency. Some Asian countries use native ingenuity to convert western modes of transport into practical vehicles for their local environment. Still other Asian countries continue to operate traditional vessels and vehicles as part of their centuries-old culture, not to mention their value as tourist attractions.

When visiting Asia, take time to visit the sights aboard these unique transports.

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Angkor Wat: Amazing Temple City Of Cambodia

September 1st, 2008 by

Every day in Siem Reap, thousands of people trek into the vegetation to witness the sun rise amidst ancient stones and religious sculpture. As the light slowly illuminates the ornate towers and carved walls, a sense of awe descends upon the waiting crowd, as they become humble witnesses to a rediscovered wonder of a long-dead kingdom.

Welcome to Angkor Wat.

Angkor Wat, a temple discovered by Westerners in the 19th century.

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