Monday, June 1, 2015

Rambler of Cambodia: Siem Reap-Angkor Archaeological Park, Cambodia Cultural Village, Siem Reap Night Market (Day 4th)

Plz note actual date went to Cambodia was on 12-16 February, 2015 (5D 4N).

After Subuh prayer we promptly went to Angkor Archaeological Park to witness the breathtaking sunrise at Angkor Wat. Admission pass (Angkor pass) is required to enter the Angkor area, and individual photo was captured at the admission pass counter as the photo will be printed on the admission pass. The pass counters were located at the main entrance on the road to Angkor Wat, and it cost USD20 per day per pax. Entry is free for all Cambodian nationals.

Plz note the validity period of the admission pass. Admission passes issued between 5.00 am and 5.00 pm are valid the same day. Admission passes issued after 5.00 pm are valid the same day (after 5.00pm) until sunset and also the next day. As per understanding, visitors may NOT buy a ticket in advance. 

We didn’t manage to witness the sunrise due to cloudy weather or perhaps we were waiting the sunrise at the wrong position hehee.

After the sunrise session, we went to Ta Phrom located approximately one kilometre east of Angkor Thom. The trees growing out of the ruins were only one of its kinds.

Wooden walkways, platforms and roped railings have been placed around the site to protect and maintain the monument from further damages.

FYI, Ta Prohm was used as a site location in the film of Tomb Raider, acted by Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft.

Then we proceed the journey to The Bayon located at the centre of Angkor Thom, which is situated at the heart of the Angkor Archeological Park. We noticed a formless jumble of stones at the entrance of The Bayon, but once stepped inside there was a walkways on three different levels.

The temple was built on 3 levels: the first two levels are rectangular, while the third is circular.

The huge carved stone faces have become one of the most recognizable images connected to classic Khmer art and architecture.

Elephants are also available within the park, but only for limited area. E.g. elephants route only between Bayon and the nearest gate of Angkor Thom.

Angkor Wat is a largest monument of the Angkor group and it is the country's prime attraction for visitors. It has become a symbol of Cambodia, and appearing on the national flag.

It was first a Hindu and later a Buddhist temple. The Angkor Archaeological Park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1992.

Wat is the Khmer name for temple.

The hot air balloon ride is located approximately 500 meters west of Angkor Wat.

We had a lunch at Cambodian Muslim Restaurant and I chose my fav, Seafood Fried Rice.

After performed solah, we went to Cambodia Cultural Village, located on the road to/from the airport, National Hwy 6. It combines replicas of famous buildings and monuments of Khmer heritages, historical museum which illustrated Khmer practices and it provides variety of traditional shows performances.

Other paid services were electric car tour and massage center. For archery, they charged USD1 for 10 arrows which I believe it was inexpensive!

As for me, I dun regret if this place wasn’t in my itinerary cuz USD15 for the site is not woth it unless you hang around a day it should be worth.

Before having a dinner, we hang around Siem Reap Night Market. We managed to buy tshirt, fridge magnets, bookmarks and keychains.

A lot of oil painting arts were sold over there. My frenz bought postcards and written something on it as momento and later asked our tuk-tuk driver to help post it.

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