We flew to Siem Reap, Cambodia for 3 days, on the second week of our holiday in Singapore. Just another short visit (like the one we did in Manado) … but again we got to see what we wanted to see. In this case, the famous temple of Angkor Wat … plus a bonus visit to the temple of Tomb Raider (otherwise known as Bayon Temple)!
Along the main road from the airport towards our hotel in Central Siem Reap, there were so many newly built big hotels to be found. Siem Reap is the most visited city in Cambodia due to its proximity to Angkor Wat. And according to our van driver, it is especially popular among Koreans and mainland Chinese. However, the recent financial crisis has taken its toll on the tourism there, too.
At the recommendation of our van driver, we decided to take a boat trip on Lake Tonle Sap on the afternoon of our arrival.
Lake Tonle Sap is the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia.
The colour of the water on the lake when we were there was really murky as it was the dry season.
The lake is inhabited by Cambodians, Vietnamese as well as the Chams.
On the shore of the lake we saw many small shacks … which are inhabited by some of the poorest people in the area … according to our van driver cum guide (for that day).
The next morning after breakfast … together with our lovely guide … we headed for Angkor Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
One of the main gates into Angkor Thom (Angkor City). It was already crowded by the time we arrived in the area!
Inside the beautiful and impressive Angkor Thom … and the many visitors to the ancient city.
More temples inside Angkor Thom.
The beautiful elephant wall carvings inside.
Us against the lovely temple backdop. 🙂
Some of the beautiful carvings on the walls of the city.
Next, to Bayon Temple … which actually was not in our tour schedule … but was suggested by our lovely guide. This is the temple where the film Lara Croft Tomb Raider was shot.
There are many big trees growing around and within the temple ground. The trees are left untouched as it is feared that cutting them might damage the temple even more than letting the trees grow within it.
Inside the very interesting Bayon temple ground.
Hmmm, noticed something familiar about this doorway? No …? Then … you have to watch Lara Croft Tomb Raider to find out lah! hehehe … 🙂
And finally after lunch, while others were resting from the hot afternoon sun, we made our way to the famous Angkor Wat … in order to beat the crowd!
The impressive entrance to the famous Temple of Angkor (Angkor Wat) …
… and the beautiful Wat of Angkor … with some restoration work in progress.
Views from inside Angkor Wat.
Finally my dream of visiting this famous temple was realised! I looike! 🙂