Siem Reap Journals

A Lost Empire

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A travel journal to Siem Reap by Jodeci527

Bayon Temple Photo, Angkor Wat, Cambodia More Photos
Quote: My trip to Cambodia to visit the temples of Angkor

Lunch at the Angkor Complex

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Rice and Chicken  Photo, Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Within the Angkor complex, there are a few sheds under which are several food shops. After visiting my third temple, I started to feel a bit hungry so I asked my driver where would be a good place to grab a bite to eat. He replied that he was ready to eat as well, and suggested a particular booth. After driving for about four to five minutes from Angkor Thom, he pulled into a parking lot of sorts and killed the engine of our tuk tuk. He led the way to one of the sheds and we had a seat at one of the 'restaurants'. I was given a rather thick menu with the different dishes available, complete with a price list.Now, I am willing to support the Khmer society by buying from the loca...Read More

One Bracelet, One Dollar!

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Child Vendor Photo, Angkor Wat, Cambodia
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UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the Ruins of Angkor, are usually sites which are definitely worth seeing. However, I've come to realize that there are a few things which the famous ones have in common. Apart from the large crowds and expensive fees... there are usually many touts and hawkers selling everything from bracelets to souvenirs.My experience at the Angkor temples was no different. They were honestly everywhere! There were small armies of people with postcards and magnets situated outside of each temple, and they would all come to you at once, which is actually a tactic. Most tourists would feel uncomfortable and nervous and would eventually end up buying a few of the articles...Read More

Ta Som Guesthouse

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Hotel | "Lovely Guesthouse in Siem Reap"

Ta Som Guesthouse Photo, Siem Reap, Cambodia
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After arriving in Siem Reap, I decided to stay at the Ta Som Guesthouse which was situated along the main street that runs through the town. On arriving, I noticed that the guesthouse was filled with activity as lots of backpackers were hanging out in the common room. This immediately put me at ease, and convinced me that my choice was ideal. The check-in process was quick and painless. The staff simply asked how many nights I wanted to stay, and wrote down my passport details as security. I paid US $14 for the night, in a single room with air conditioning. I was then shown to my room, which was located on the second floor via a flight of stairs.The room was really nice, and su...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 1, 2011

Ta Som Guesthouse
268, National Road Number 6
Siem Reap, Angkor, Cambodia 63000
+855(12)830170

Bayon Temple

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Attraction | "How Many Faces Are There?"

Bayon Temple Photo, Angkor Wat, Cambodia
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The Temple of Bayon was the first attraction which I visited at the Ruins of Angkor. It felt unreal as I climbed the many stairs where an ancient civilization once lived, worked and played. After ascending to the top, I noticed the massive famous Smiling Faces of Bayon. At a distance, they seem to be shapeless rock masses, towering towards the sky. On closer inspection, you notice that the rock masses are actually carved into four faces, each facing in a different direction and all wearing serene smiles.My first impression was, 'Wow... these temples are quite bigger than I expected'. Based on the photos in magazines, and even shows on the television, it is very easy to undermine the size o...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 29, 2011

Bayon Temple
Angkor
Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Ta Prohm

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Attraction | "The Jungle Temple"

Ta Prohm Photo, Angkor Wat, Cambodia
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This temple has quite a fitting nickname. It's lovingly known as the Jungle Temple, because the surrounding vegetation is slowly breaking the temple apart. I was looking forward to visiting this temple, to see a particular tree that seems to be growing on the temple walls! I'm not referring to a small shrub, but rather, a full grown massive tree whose roots are decomposing the ruins at a seemingly glacial pace.This was a difficult temple to gain immediate access to. I was visiting Cambodia during the rainy season, which was supposed to be the off peak time to see the ruins. If this was a smaller crowd than what is usually experienced during the high season, I wouldn't have wanted to witnes...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 29, 2011

Ta Prohm
Siem Reap
Angkor Wat, Cambodia