January 2014 – I, with my two travel buddies decided to have a tri-city tour comprising Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. Out of the three, I find Siem Reap, Cambodia as the most relaxing and the most beautiful. With English-speaking citizens and transactions being settled through USD currency, which contradicts its appearance by maintaining the traditional bahay kubo as their place of residence and no huge malls and other infrastructures, plus, being the gateway to the ruins of Angkor and other temples, the whole place became a large photo shoot venue for me and my friends.
Sharing to you some of my favorite photos below. Some were pixelated, though. Pardon us as we’re not professional photographers and models. 🙂
Giant frames can be found anywhere.
Tuktuk, a 3-wheeled vehicle used in Siem Reap as their main transportation means; usually contracted for a day or two and comes with a bottled water.
A moment of silence at Ta Prohm – known as the Tomb Raider temple.
By the way, we bought these apparels the night before in the street market near our lodge. Doesn’t he look like an authentic khmer?
We preferred to avail a 3-day pass in the Angkor World Heritage since the sunrise is a must-see picturesque according to online reviews. Though we’ve been there for only 2-days as we need to transfer to Bangkok, Thailand the next day.
Angkor Wat in the morning gives us a nice reflection and a warm view. There’s an eatery named after the boxing champ, Manny Pacquiao. He’s famous worldwide, indeed.
The temple hopping continues…
Behind the scenes… aka bloopers.
We tried to copy the pattern above the frame. Epic failed.
We stayed at Ta Som Guesthouse for 3-nights for only 20 USD per night, inclusive of plated breakfast. Siem Reap is known for being rich with gems, which is also their main item in the trade, thus, I bought two earrings for me and one for my mom. Night market is awesome! Their ice cream in a coconut shell is worth the acknowledgment. Trust me, eat where the locals eat, and you’ll have a joyful stay in the city.
Nope, there’s no Starbucks during that time but they already have Chatime. 🙂