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Cambodia -- SiemReap/Angkor

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An April 2004 trip to Angkor Wat by nyc_camy

Smileys Guesthouse Photo, Angkor Wat, Cambodia More Photos
Quote: Sweltering heat can still be fun when you are in a different country.

Smiley's Guesthouse

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Hotel

Smiley's Guesthouse Photo, Angkor Wat, Cambodia
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The guesthouse is pretty. After the walk of the dirt road, the cemented outside and the garden looks really nice. At 5 dollars a night, it's pretty nice. Fan/cold water and nice garden view outside my room. But, one out of the 3 days I didn't have electricity!! Wow, was it hot. No fan, plus the inconvenience of using a flashlight in my room when I woke up the next morning for sunrise at 5am. How wonderful! The food is pretty good. I recommend the chicken curry. It's $2 and Thai styled. Meatball and spaghetti, on the other hand, I would not recommend. There were a couple dogs and you have to take off your shoes when you go into the guesthouse. There are many moto drivers wa...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 23, 2004

Smiley's Guesthouse
SiemReap
Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Capitol Guest House

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Hotel

Capitol Guest House Photo, Angkor Wat, Cambodia
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It was really cheap! $3 a night. And it's located somewhat in the city. Right next to it there's a market. I walked in there and sat down at stalls and ate porridge for 1000riels. It was yummy! Sugarcane juice was only 300 riels (smaller bag according to the seller, but sufficient to quench my thirst). The guest house however is not the cleanest and the fan wasn't very cool. First night, I had an inside room that faced another building. I never got any sunlight and it was not very well ventilated area. The second time I went to get a room (coming back from Siem Reap), I got an outside room. I found a cockroach that was 2 inches in size. I was mortified!! I locked m...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 23, 2004

Capitol Guest House
Phnom Penh
Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Lumbini Restaurant Halal

Restaurant | "Lumbini"

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I was in need of a place for dinner. Walked around near Capitol Guesthouse on the Monivong Road. I wanted to try the Wah Kee Chinese Restaurant, but since it was Khmer new year, it was full! Even the sidewalk tables were all filled up with people. So I turned into a smaller street, walked past the airline companies, and saw Lumbini. I had read about it on Lonely Planet. It was supposedly pretty good Indian/Nepalese food. I sat down and ordered. $4 for Chicken Tikka Masala (boneless chicken curry, Indian style) and $1.3 Aloo paratha (bread with potato baked inside). There were about 6 tables. Not a very big restaurant. But it had A/C and it was really quiet. It's really a go...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 24, 2004

Lumbini Restaurant Halal
N° 51B Samdech Pan (St. 214)
Angkor Wat, Cambodia
+855 023 212 544

Temple Complex of Angkor Wat

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Attraction | "Angkor Wat"

Temple Complex of Angkor Wat Photo, Siem Reap, Cambodia
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I bought the $40 3-day pass. It starts at 5pm the day before and I went to see the sunset! It was really nice. But, it was really steep climbing up to the central tower. Be careful!! My heart was pumping really fast. However, there were many monks sitting and chatting with tourists in the central tower. I met an 18-year-old monk who insisted that I was Japanese and kept on speaking Japanese to me. He apparently teaches Japanese to the other monks. It was quite amusing. I really enjoyed sitting outside Angkor Wat. Riding a bike there can be physically tiring if you are not fit. I tried it and it almost killed me. I also didn't want to my bike to get stolen so I sat with it by the la...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 23, 2004

Temple Complex of Angkor Wat
5.5 Km North of Siem Reap
Angkor, Cambodia

Ta Prohm

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Attraction

Ta Prohm Photo, Angkor Wat, Cambodia
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Ta Prohm was my favorite wat. My moto driver dropped me off at the front, and I had to walk towards the temple. It was huge! I walked inside and at the first courtyard with the big tree, everyone stopped there to take photos. I sat on a shady windowsill to cool off. I read my Lonely Planet and it felt soo awesome! The powerful roots of the trees took hold of the temple and it felt like without the roots, the temple wouldn't be complete. It's really amazing. After sitting there for 30 minutes, I moved on to the other parts of the temple thinking that I won't find any other locations that will impress me. But, as I explored further towards the back, there were more ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 23, 2004

Ta Prohm
Siem Reap
Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Thom

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Attraction | "Biking in Angkor"

Angkor Thom Photo, Angkor Wat, Cambodia
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I started out from Ta Keo Guest house on the road near National HW 6 (near Chenla Guest house). I have not biked in 4 years and even back 4 years ago, I was just a wobbly beginner. Today I rented a bike for a $1/day and gathered my courage and off I headed towards the Land Mine Museum, set up by Aki Ra. Map in hand, I pedaled. I was really scared at first of the cars, the motos, and other bikers, but I pedaled slowly and eventually I got to my destination. On the way there, there were paved roads, semi-paved (bumpy), pebble roads, sand roads and dirt roads. My butt really took a hit on the pebble roads. Dirt roads are okay as long as there are no pebbles. It took me about a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 24, 2004

Angkor Thom
Siem Reap
Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Phnom penh City Tour

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Royal Palace Photo, Angkor Wat, Cambodia
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Phnom Penh for me was a couple key places: 1. Royal Palace 2. S21 3. Killing Field 4. Russian Market (which I didn't get to go because it was Khmer New Year!) 5. Phnom Wat Because of Khmer New Year, I did something else, though. My moto driver told me about the "games" they played. They consist of dumping water on people and pouring loads of talcum powder on people. My moto driver got really excited and asked if I wanted to play games too by the Mekong River. I thought sure, how bad could it get? At first, no one was playing games, so it was a bit boring just looking at these houses. Then it started with a little girl asking if she could squirt a little wate...Read More