Around lunch we headed off to Angkor Wat which is largest and most popular of all the temples – it was still busy but was evident it had been a good call by our Tuk Tuk guys not to have gone mid morning. Although a 10 minute wait for the staircase to the top of the central dome, it was worth it for the view. Poor Emily however was too young to be allowed up.
Lunch and the afternoon were back at the hotel for a rest and one of the many massages I had during our time there – still cannot get over US$10 for an hour. This time I splurged and went for the 2 hour at US$14.
This photo is mainly for dad…
…the novelty of manual pumps
Early evening we were back in Tuk Tuk to Phnom Bakheng for sunset. This temple is on top of a hill and it is a 15 minute stroll to the top. We left at 4:30pm from the hotel and started our climb a bit before 5pm. There was a large cue at the top for the stairs to the top for he temple. We had a 20 minute wait and only made the firm 5:30pm cut off by 4 people. Beware, at 5:30pm sharp they close off the stairway entrance. There were still many people behind us who missed out. In peak I would try and be at the top by 5pm to be safe.
For dinner that night our Tuk Tuk drivers were not keen for us to go into the centre of town – it was Chinese New Year and they were concerned about the level of drinking mixed with driving. Not much protection in a Tuk Tuk.
As such we asked them to take us to a local restaurant. Their choice was the Orchidee Angkor
N0. 543, Street Taphul, Taphul Village, Svay Dangkum Commune, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Phone: 011 853 406
Good dishes were the Amok, Coconut Fish Curry (served in the coconut) and the Mango Salad. It was quiet and a pleasant end to the day.