📍Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia⠀
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What's the best way to visit Angkor's numerous sights? The ubiquitous tuk-tuk of course! They form the lifeline of tourism in Siem Reap and overall in Cambodia. Tuk-tuk drivers combine the role of a city guide, and they have excellent knowledge of the tourist sites, the best times to visit, route short-cuts, good eating places around, and can do a handy bargain with shopkeepers. A good tuk-tuk driver can make a big difference for anyone visiting Angkor.
One of the two libraries at Ta Keo, now restored to its original form after conservation.
After a night in a homestay and waking up at 7am, the last thing I wanted to do was a 5km trek through the Cambodian jungle in near 30 degree heat. Can safely say after finding this waterfall, I’m so glad I did
🇰🇭 Phnom Penh 🇰🇭
Welcome to the capital of Cambodia. Many people will tell you not to go here because it’s just a big city, but I disagree.
The two main tourist attractions are the killing fields and the toul sleng genocide museum. Both of those are a bit depressing obviously, but REALLY powerful and moving. I think the killing fields are much better, it's about a 20 min tuk tuk and you should pay about 15USD total round trip.
Also fun things to do from @ros@roseahrens who lived here for 1+ year:
- take a sunset cruise for $5USD it's an hour long and you can see floating villages. The boat dock is next to a restaurant called titanic near wat phnom.
- take a ferry to silk island for 500 riel (like 15 cents..) and you can weave silk with local families really fun!
- royal palace, admission is $6 but a tour is kind of worth it here and should be about $10. Really beautiful and the king still lives there! - you HAVE to go to some of the markets: central market (called psar tmei in khmer), Russian market, the night market (thurs-sun only)
Some of her favorite restaurants are :
- chinese noodle house (on monivong, really cheap and AMAZING dumplings)
- sesame noodle (near Russian market)
- dosa (good cheap Indian food)
- romdeng (nicer khmer food, you can eat tarantulas in a cleaner environment than the street! Haha)
- alma cafe (surprisingly delicious Mexican also near Russian market) - eleven one (another good khmer place)
- picollo a la liugis (might be diff spelling but amazing pizza)
Great places to go out/drink:
- eclipse sky bar (my ALL time favorite bar with an incredible view of the city, you should go for happy hour 5-730.
- botanico craft beer
- showbox (it's a hole in the wall but free beer 630-7 everyday and you'll meet lots of expats and they have open mic on weds)
Shout out to @roseahrens & @_mfenner for all of the recommendations & @emily.guac.kelly for introducing me to @bophanpov. As you can see you will need at least 2 nights in Phnom Penh to really get a feel for everything this up and coming city has to offer, just be careful for pick pocketers as it’s notorious! :)
The climb up to the sanctum of Ta Keo's main temple. Note how the central temple in the quincunx arrangement is at a significant elevation than the other four. This involves the final phase of the climb.
Inside the sanctum of Ta Keo's main temple. Unlike the four corner temples on its summit, Ta Keo's main temple does not have a shiva lingam, not even a broken one. It must be kept in mind that the giant shiva lingams or statues of gods were installed BEFORE the temples were built over it. The narrow entrances would otherwise make it impossible to install a colossus lingam later. In present times some Buddha images has been installed, so technically the temple is now an active Buddhist shrine.
The Angkor Wat Temple Complex is located in Siem Reap, one of the two major tourist hubs of Cambodia. Siem Reap is located the northwest of the country, and the easiest way to get to Siem Reap is by plane – direct flights run from several airports, including Bangkok Thailand as well as the only domestic flight, to Phnom Penh. The airport in Siem Reap is a gorgeous, modern terminal, perhaps surprisingly so until you learn that the terminal was only built in 2006.
Flying in Cambodia is an interesting experience – most Cambodian’s don’t have the funds to fly, so it’s mostly a tourist experience. There are other ways to get to Siem Reap – boat, bus, private car – but honestly, flying is much faster and very easy and simple, especially if you want to combine both Phnom Penh and Siem Reap in one trip.
Den 10-11: Po dni aklimatizovani na Kambodzske mesto Siem Reap jsme vyrazily mistnim Tuk Tukem vstric chramum, prvni den ve 4:30 na vychod slunce nad hlavnim chramem Ankgor Wat, pote na Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm, Ta Keo a dalsich spoustu chramu po ceste mensiho okruhu. Byli jsme naprosto uneseni velikosti a mnozstvim chramu a kamenu. Pres den je tu 36, v noci 28 stupnu, tury daji zabrat. Druhy den na elektro skutrech jsme dali samostatne Preah Khan, Ta som, ktere byli asi nejlepsi ze vsech.. Rozpadle kamenne chramy, mesta, vodni systemy, jeste znovu ta velikost, prorostle stromy skrz detailne zdobene bloky piskovcu. Neuveritelne, uzasne, obrovske. V turisticke metropoli plati ceny jake si uhadate.. Dnes zacal novy cinsky rok, celou noc se slavilo a dnes vyrazily vsechny rodiny na spolecny kemping podel cest okolo chramu. Vecer jsme zazily pravou asijskou dopravni spicku.. Kambodza je velky zazitek! #trippingcambodia#ankgkorwar#ankgorthom#siemriep#taprohm#takeo#preahkan#tasom#ankgorwat_shots#ig_ankgorwat#cambodiaisamazing#travellers#visitcambodia#ankgorwat_sunrise#ruinedtown#ruined_ankgor_wat