Siem Reap, Cambodia 3rd Feb - 10th Feb
Trip Start Dec 13, 2012
100Trip End Apr 02, 2014
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Siem Reap is a town about a 6 hour bus ride north of Phnom Penh. It is the gateway to Angkor Wat where there are dozens of Buddhist and Hindu temples built between the 9th and 13th century, covering 97 square kilometres. Angkor Wat the main temple is the largest religious building in the world. We spent 7 days there exploring the temples and the Siem Reap town.
Angkor Wat Temples
We spent 2 days being driven around on a Tuk Tuk visiting all of the temples
Meeting the Locals
Our driver took us to meet some of his friends. We went to a Pagoda which is a Buddhist temple where monks live. There were two monks there and three local boys. They all wanted to practice their English so we spent some time with them making conversation, trying our best to teach. English school is $20 per month and French school, $50 so not all of them could afford it. They had a text book to learn from, no TV. The electricity was provided from a generator.
In the heart of Siem Reap, it's quite built up with restaurants, markets and bars
As we bought a three day pass for the temples we decided to use the third day to hire a bike and ride around the loop of temples & have a picnic along the way. We ended up doing about a 40km ride!
Food & Drink
Favourite Local Dish: Amok Curry – chicken with creamy coconut base.
- Beef Lok Lak – Beef Cubes in sauce with lettuce and a fried egg with lime & pepper dip
- Happy Pizza – Pizza with a Ganja base – just ask for "extra happy" when ordering
- Happy Shake – Ganja in a milkshake – just ask for “extra happy” when ordering
International McDonalds Meal: No McDonalds
Local Beer: Cambodia Beer, Angkor
The Milk Scam – We fell for it
Sapphire Guesthouse – This hotel was a little bit out of the town but was a bargain at $16 for a large air con room with brekkie provided every day. There was a tour office at the reception making it easy for us to book transport etc.
Meals: $3-$5 – Again, we ate in nicer restaurants to avoid food poisoning.
Alcohol: $1.50-$3 Cocktails, $0.50-$1.50 Pints
Transport: Tuk-Tuk $15-$30 for the day
Temples: $40 per person for a 3 day pass
Bike Hire: Bicycle $2, Mountain Bike $5
Average Daily Spend per person: $40
Transport there for both of us: $10
Total Spend for both of us inc. Transport: $580
Note: there are not pics of ALL of the temples we visited as there were just too many. We have tried hard to remember the names of all of them too! Hopefully they are all correct!