Siem Reap, Cambodia Tourism: Where To Go and Eat - 6D5N - Day 3
Our energies are charged full as we continue our temple site visits. Today, we were able to see the majestic Angkor Thom, Bayon, Baphuon, Banteay Kdei and Ta Prohm. A day is not enough to fully appreciate the beauty of these heritage sites.
Angkor Thom is the biggest site in Angkor Park. When going around Angkor Thom, be mindful of monkeys on the side streets. Keep your eyes open.
At the heart of Angkor Thom is BAYON TEMPLE, known for the stone face structures. There are plenty more things to see in Bayon aside from the stone faces. The hallways are very nice - just be sure to LOOK UP at the ceilings to appreciate the beauty of its architecture.
After Bayon, we headed to Baphuon, the world’s largest jigsaw puzzle.
FYI: Baphuon is not for people afraid of heights
Lunch at Ta Prohm Khmer Food (Beef Lok Lak $6.15, Beef Chha Mreah Prov $5.75)
Ta Prohm Khmer Food restaurant is non-airconditioned (as almost all of the restaurants in Siem Reap) but the food was great.
After a hearty lunch, we went to Banteay Kdei, a place where tourists do not visit often and I wonder why because the area is very shaded and has a vintage feel, which is perfect for picture taking as well.
While we were there, the rain poured really hard and we had to stop and wait for a little while before going to Ta Prohm.
TIP: Raincoats can be bought for $1 a pair.
Fortunately, the rain stopped and we were able to reach Ta Prohm before the sun set. However, we were not able to fully appreciate the “romantic jungle” scene due to the high traffic of visitors in the area. We had to fall in line to be able to take a picture of this famous spot.
TIP: Go to Ta Prohm either very early in the morning or at sunset.
Before leaving the Angkor Park, a lot of Cambodian kids rushed to us offering magnets and books. I highly recommend getting the Ancient Angkor book as a souvenir.
◘ It only costs $9 for TWO Ancient Angkor books
◘ Magnets can be bought at 3 pieces for $1 or 50 cents each
Today was a good day (rain or shine) so we celebrated and had drinks at Viva Mexican Restaurant. We highly recommend the burritos. Do skip the tacos (they were very sloppy) but all in all, our Viva Mexican experience was great, especially with the frozen margaritas :D
Siem Reap, Cambodia Tourism: Where To Go and Eat - 6D5N - Day 2
Phnom Bakheng (Siem Reap, Cambodia) – Elephant Ride To A Beautiful Sunset