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A December 2009 trip to Siem Reap by nmagann

Preah Khan Photo, Angkor Wat, Cambodia More Photos
Quote: Off tourist-beaten tracks, the Rolous Group of Temples are under-rated and un-touristy. The oft missed city wats are both fabulous and free.

Wat Bo, Wat Dam Nuk, Preah Pron Rath

Attraction | "Free, Fabulous, City Sites"

Wat Dam Temple Photo, Siem Reap, Cambodia
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After two days of biking to the temples and another day of hiking, almost anything would be considered leisure. From my hotel I walked two blocks to Wat Bo, another two to Wat Dam Nuk, then crossed the canal to Preath Pron Rath. The order in which I visited wound up that I saw the best and most impressive last.Both Wat Bo and Wat Dam Nuk had wonderful statues and Buddha and nagas, (the multi-headed serpent that shielded Buddha in a rainstorm). I always enjoy looking at the residences of the monks and seeing them doing their daily chores and the conditions in which the live.On the other hand, at Preath Pron Rath you enter a garden full of flowers and colorful statues like the...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 21, 2010

Sweet Dreams Restaurant

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Restaurant | "They Claim the Best, IT IS!"

Amok and Tofu Photo, Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Meals included Khmer, Western, Indian and Italian food entrees. All were priced reasonably, served hot and tasted great. The coffee which I was told was the best around was, in fact, the best. I had a cup of coffee one other place and that was enough.The first dish I tried was the famous Khmer Amok which consisted of tofu, carrots, onions, and potatoes in a creamy coconut and lemon grass sauce. Neither sweet like coconut can be nor bitter like some lemon grass, the Amok flavor won me over. Know I know why they sell Amok seasoning in cute multi-color baskets. I did indeed buy some!The Khmer ramen style noodles with vegetables and tofu was another hit. I also enjoyed the f...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 19, 2010

Sweet Dreams Hotel

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Hotel | "Sweetest Dreams Ever!"

Sweet Dreams Hotel Photo, Siem Reap, Cambodia
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There are two main streets that run on either side of a canal. One parallel street over is Sweet Dreams. An aptly named hotel it has soft beds and dark rooms in a quiet location.Outdoors is a common room with soft chairs and a sofa with a T.V. and refer that contains beer, soda and water. You can get yourself a beverage and write it down in a book with your corresponding room number on it. Ordering from the menu is also written down in the book. At the end of your stay you can pay for everything all at once. Prices are often better than at the nearby convenience store and you can pay in baht, dollars and/or reils.Free bicycles with locks are available as are two high-spee...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 19, 2010

Sweet Dreams Hotel

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Temples

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Attraction | "Loving Lolei, Don't Miss It!"

Temples Photo, Angkor Wat, Cambodia
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Heading down the main highway, Preah Ko and Bakong are on the right and the next road left, unmarked, is Lolei which receives the fewest visitors. The oddities at this site make are so worthwhile to see.For one thing, Lolei has a poor children’s orphanage on sight with many pictures of the residents. Several of them were missing appendages from having been the victims of unexploded land mines. It is easy to find yourself putting a little in the donation box after fighting back the water in your eyes.In the back there are many single pillar stupas which I latter confirmed was indeed a cemetery. Some of the little openings were ajar so I peered inside. It is for the bones of...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 19, 2010

Temples
Near Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Temples

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Attraction | "Roll on to the Roulos Group"

Temples Photo, Angkor Wat, Cambodia
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Bakong is surrounded by a mote, and unless you can walk on water you have to travel half way around to access the site. Here of course, you will be inundated with offers of fruit, drink, post cards, books, and scarves.This is another Hindu temple build for Shiva containing five tiers. It was amazing that the site was shades of grey on the east and hues of red on the west just because it was around noon. Climbing moderately steep steps, the surrounding ruins came into view although the many trees kept the mote from sight. On the ground level, the mote was really a highlight to Bakong making it quite unique and serene as compared to other sites.This is the one in the group th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 19, 2010

Temples
Near Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Preah Khan

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Attraction | "Major Replicas"

Preah Khan Photo, Angkor Wat, Cambodia
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Being somewhat of a worry wart, I would have liked to have seen signs along major highway N6 indicating the Roulos group of temples. Instead the signs read Pra Kan and only shortly before the turn was Bakong, the largest of the group mentioned. Before reaching Bakong, you come to Preah Ko which is quite small with half a dozen towers with entry ways that were very intact. Also there were some carved sculptures in the sides and a few lion guards.Across the road is the real gem. Here were miniatures of this group of temples as well as Angkor Wat and others. Si will tell you how his grandfather made them and show photographs of grandfather with prime minister during the unveiling. Unfor...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 19, 2010

Preah Khan
Angkor
Angkor Wat, Cambodia