After the amazing two days Phnom Penh Trip, we were picked up by a van (we booked it one day prior) early in the morning in our hotel about 9am for our 6-7 hour Siem Reap trip. Let’s explore Cambodia!
The day trip went fine with 2 toilet break stops including a lunch break.
I love the scenery, so green with rice fields farms, cows and lot of perfectly coned hays and a lot of houses with same architecture mostly built in the waters.
It’s kinda refreshing to me because it’s the time that I can just rest my mind for few hours by just staring at the window, listening with the songs that I prepared for this trip. I prepared my playlist as I’m looking forward for my long road trips with music. It’s like a solitary break for me not so quiet though but I feel relax doing it.
Reached Siem Reap around 4pm, Check-in to our hotel, went to Angkor Wat immediately and bought our tickets as one day pass can use a day before as long as u bought it after 5pm. Managed to see Angkor wat for an hour for the first time. It’s beautiful.
Saw some monkeys along the way to angkor.
Love at first sight. a lot of people here because its no longer hot. perfect time for a stroll.
This place inspired me to meditate and of course do some yoga moves.
Easy breezy pose
Went back to our hotel and decided to go out for dinner and check out the night market. It was huge touristy night market area with a lot and lots of stalls for shopping, souvenirs, silks, fake merchandise, clothing s etc. Had our traditional Khmer massage in a nice massage parlor for only 6$usd per hour per person. Went back hotel and rest. Win!
We woke up at 4:45am because we want to catch the sunrise in Angkor wat, our tuk tuk driver picked us up at 5am. Unfortunately, it was a cloudy morning so we didn’t get to see the sun rise. But that’s ok, took a lot of photos. ( We accepted the fact that our anniversary month, August is a monsoon season for most of the south East Asian countries but of course the privilege of off peak season also is a lot, cheaper hotels for example )
our hardworking tuk tuk driver, who put some leaves in his tuk tuk after we had our breakfast.. melt my heart. We hired a Tuk Tuk and a driver for one whole day for only $15 a day plus of course we gave him $5 tip. He is a friend of ours , a brother in Christ whom our friends introduce so he is very helpful and was so kind, his name is Phirun. We let him join our breakfast and lunch and listens to a lot of his stories and of course history from a true blood Khmer. His mother was a victim of Khmer Rouge herself.
After that we continued our Angkor adventure. Went to Ta Phrom , Angkor Thom, Bayon, and Phra Tum, Baphun we finish around 2pm as that’s enough for one day of temples.
Angkor wat in an August morning..
this are our tickets to the angkor..
Our second destination Ta Phrom were tomb raider was shoot. Im so impressed how these trees thrived with these structures. Trully a mystical place. If you are a nature lover [more than history] like me, these trees are worth visiting. Nature simply has its own way of presenting itself.
Met with friends at night, for Thai- Viet- Khmer buffet, it was awesome. Had coffee after that.
Woke up 6am as our bus to pattaya will pick us up at 7:30am, manage to have our breakfast, thank goodness.
It was a breeze fr sr to poipet (3 hours) but the immigration border there was so uncomfortable, very hot, not so much system, no directions etc we are there for about 3hours will all the waiting time and all, I will not recommend traveling by land. Recently budget airline opens so too bad for me and my husband. But it is an experience.
Poipet to Pattaya took about 3hours. Total travel around 10-11hours.
See you in Pattaya!