I visited Siem Reap for one day on December 23, 2011. Though it was a very short visit, it was an unforgettable experience. Being a lazy bone, I woke up at 8 AM on that day and had already missed the chance to see sunrise at Angkor Wat. So I decided to start the trip to Angkor Archaeological Park from Angkor Thom visiting Bayon, Ta Prohm, Banteay Kdei (where I met the two very smart young girls in the picture below) and finally reaching Angkor Wat at 2.00 PM. By that time I was so hungry that I decided to have lunch first at Angkor Cafe (Opposite Angkor Temple Main Gate - Vegetarian Food - See Complete Review here) which was really nice. I met a great guy - Taiki from Japan at the cafe. The next two hours were spent inside Angkor Wat after which Taiki and I headed to Phnom Bakheng (See pictures and Info here), the popular sunset point. Sadly, after reaching there at about 4.45 PM, we found a very long queue outside the temple. Nobody had warned us about the possibility of a queue at Phnom Bakheng.
|Cambodian girls selling souvenirs at Banteay Kdei,|
Angkor Archaeological Park, Siem Reap, Cambodia
After wasting a few minutes in the stationary queue, we just took a round around the temple and started back down the hill. Luckily, on the way down we found a spot from where sunset could be partially viewed and pictures taken. After the Angkor tour, sundown in Siem Reap seemed to force everyone to look for the nearest watering hole which in our case turned out to be Koulen Restaurant - buffet dinner with a free Apsara Show (See Complete Review and Pictures here). It was a nice and value for money experience. At the end of the day, I knew that I had to return to Siem Reap and for more number of days. So my next trip to Cambodia will be soon. Hope Taiki will be there too.
|Posted by Narinder Singh|