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Travel Blogs from Siem Reap
Tyler, Brittni, and Sara decided on a day of rest so Debora and I hired a car and driver and went 50km north of Siem Reap to Phnom Kulen. Phnom means mountain, so Kulen Mountain. It is considered by the Khmer’s (Cambodians) to be the most sacred mountain in Cambodia. It is a popular place of pilgrimage on weekends and we saw many locals …
We got up early today and spent the day in the biggest, and most popular Angkor temples, Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom. Angkor Thom was a city, 3km squared, that had about 10,000 people in it. It included the Royal Palace which now is just the foundation stones. The rest of it was wood and is long gone. The pools are still there and the perimeter wall …
We took the luxury bus from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. It was like a greyhound bus. It had a toilet and they served us a snack box of mystery pastries and a bottle of water. It was a 6 hour trip but we stopped half way for a 30 min lunch break. I sat beside a local guy, Piseth Chhourm, on the bus who knew excellent English and we chatted for a bit …
Temples, that is why you come to Siem Reap. Angkor Wat is the name given to a complex of dozens of temples that span hundreds of square kilometers. The Kmer people ruled much of Indochina at different periods of history and their rulers built huge religious shrines. The shrines are either Hindu or Buddhist, and sometimes changed from one religion …
... where we were, we were by Khosan Road, the place it all began! We knew what way we had to go so we flagged down a cab jumped in told them where we needed and demanded they put the metre on as we know not to get ripped off! A good learning curve from our first trip to Bangkok!! We arrived to the bus station, relieved and paid the taxi man. We headed to the information desk to find the desks for tickets sold to Cambodia, when we got there they were 750 baht ...
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