Day 2 Part 2 – Siem Reap – Cambodia – 22nd Jan 2012

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.

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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.

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  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.

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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.

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One Response to Day 2 Part 2 – Siem Reap – Cambodia – 22nd Jan 2012

  1. redeyefamily says:

    I loved reading about Angkor Wat. We have a trip planned for Feb. and I can’t wait. Thanks for the post!

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