Good morning! Well rested and fully charged after day 1, we were ready for a full day ahead. Our morning fuel consisted of eggs, bacon, noodle soup, more noodles, some meat and veggies, donuts, croissant with brie (my favorite item) and a whole lot of dragon fruit (my second favorite item)! I don’t think I’ve ever had that much dragon fruit in my life. I needed it for my digestion.
For whatever reason, during most of my travels, I spend most days burdened by constipation. Even the thought of constipation tormented me. Does anyone else have this problem? So I always make sure to consume at least one plate-full of fruits in a day and to remember to keep drinking lots of water (which can be a problem especially on a road trip since for one, I constantly need to pee, and two, I’m positive the size of my bladder is a third of those of normal people). How did we end up talking about my bladder…
First thing on our agenda today: Angkor Wat.
Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world, was built in the 12th century by King Suryavarman II. First a Hindu temple, it was subsequently and today Buddhist, Angkor stretches over 400 sq. km. For comparison, the Borobudur temple was built in the 9th century and covers an area of 2500 sq. m.
We got to the ticket counter early to purchase the 3-day pass.
ANGKOR WAT TICKET INFORMATION
There are 3 kinds of passes you can get:
- 1 day for $20
- 3 days (valid for 1 week) for $40
- 7 days (valid for 1 month) for $60
Ticket counter hours: 5 AM – 5:30 PM daily
Visiting hours: 5:30 AM – 5:30 PM daily
Admission is free to children under 12.
It was drizzling the day we were there which made it slightly inconvenient (had to put on my stark white raincoat which I love but the humidity made it impossibly hot to wear anything with a sleeve) and worse, menacing for my camera. I ended up using the raincoat to protect the camera.
At the entrance, you’ll see local multilingual tour guides offering to give a tour of the temples at a fee. Depending on your need, these tour guides speak English, Japanese, French, Mandarin, etc. and are official guides of the government (you can tell by their light beige uniform with a badge). The fee is USD15 for a quick tour and USD30 for an in-depth tour, but feel free to negotiate the fee. We wanted an in-depth tour so we negotiated for USD25 and he agreed. But finally we paid USD30 for an approximately 3-hour tour plus we also paid for his lunch.
Like I said, the humidity was just insupportable. And even though at some point during the day we felt like dumping a bucket of ice cold water over our heads, sweating felt good. Living in Jakarta we don’t get to be outdoors much, so I’m always up for being out in the sun! And to add to that, a lesson in history. We were fully engaged. Physically and mentally. A tip when you’re here: always carry water with you to rehydrate.
We asked our tour guide why Angkor Wat is the most popular temple among all other temples. And the reason is that it’s the most well-preserved temple that’s not completely in ruins.
After our 3-hour tour of the Angkor Wat, we were ready for some fuel. We were led to Angkor Reach Restaurant, a simple place right across from the entrance of Angkor Wat. Among the 4 of us we spent USD49.50, which was not cheap. But a tourist area is a tourist area.
Lunch: ANGKOR REACH RESTAURANT
We were intent on spending the rest of the day exploring the Angkor complex – trekking the Bayon Temple at Angkor Thom. Having a car made it so much easier for us to travel. We were efficient and wasted no time at all!
BAYON TEMPLE – ANGKOR THOM
And at the end of our tour (today definitely felt like leg day), we sat down to enjoy some fresh coconuts and headed back for the hotel. Taking a long shower felt so satisfying. For dinner, we initially planned on going to a restaurant that housed a crocodile pit where diners can actually crocodile-watch while eating. Sadly, the place closed down. So we made our way to Pub Street again, this time to Triangle BBQ Bar. Sitting right by the street, we people-watched instead.
Dinner: TRIANGLE BBQ BAR – PUB STREET
The pork fried rice (above) is a must-try!
TRIANGLE BBQ BAR
Siem Reap, Cambodia
A fruitful day. See you tomorrow on our final full day in Siem Reap!