Cambodia Part 1 – Siem Reap

My 8-day Cambodia trip was both fun and inspiring.

When I decided to go to Cambodia with Sophea and gang, I totally do not know what to expect from that country. The only thing I knew from Cambodia was Angkor Wat and Seng Sophea. I even thought that the capital city Phnom Penh has only dirt roads full of motorcycles and cows.

All 7 of us camwhore with my ultra wide angle lens.

I was proven so wrong when I finally saw the cities for myself.

Many things are very similar to Malaysia. But there are also many things totally out of my expectation. And those are the things that not only expanded my horizon, but also make me appreciate what I have even more.

We went to three places — Siem Reap, Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville.

Arriving at Siem Reap from Malaysia.

We reached Siem Reap first, the land once stood the ancient Angkorian Civilisation.

Landed at Siem Reap International Airport.
Siem Reap International Airport.
Happy people enjoying cool breeze.

Siem Reap Town

We landed very early in the morning, went to the town and checked-in our guesthouse at Golden Mango Inn.

Siem Reap town and Golden Mango Inn.

“Cambodia’s hospitality is way better than Malaysia’s hospitality,” said Sophea.

I couldn’t agree with her more.

Take Golden Mango Inn for example, they welcomed us with big smiles, cold towel and welcome drinks. Rooms were big and clean with comprehensive facilities. The people were so friendly they really made us feel at home. Another example, where can you find an express bus service in Malaysia that gives you cold towel, mineral water, cakes and detail explanations of the scenes along the 6-hour journey? None! All they know is how to speed, sleep and crash on the highway!

Ok enough ranting. Let’s move on.

We had our first taste of local food during lunch. It was gooooood! I mean really good. Cambodian food are mostly sweet, not much of spicy food.

Cambodian traditional food.

Looking at the pictures really make me crave for more Cambodian food.

Cambodian Cultural Village

After lunch, we visited the Cambodian Cultural Village. A place consists of cultural exhibitions, themed gardens and cultural performances.

Entrance of Cambodian Cultural Village.
Exhibition hall at Cambodian Cultural VIllage.
Camwhore with a performer at the Cambodian Cultural Village.
Miniature model of the National Museum of Cambodia.

Phnom Bakheng

Around evening, we went to get our one-day pass to Angkor which cost us 20 USD per person. However, they allow visitors to go into the Angkor area for free after 5 PM before they close the entire place at 6 PM.

Taking advantage of this free hour, we went to Phnom Bakheng, a temple situated on a hill not far away from Angkor Wat.

Phnom Bakheng, Angkor Archaeological Park.

Because Phnom Bakheng is on a higher ground, it’s a nice place to view the sunset. Too bad it was too cloudy we couldn’t see anything.

Steep stairs going up to the temple.
Camwhore at the top of Phnom Bakheng.

Pub Street

Night falls, time for dinner. We went to the famous Pub Street to look for food.

Searching for food at Pub Street, Siem Reap.

We decided to dine at the Temple Club Restaurant.

Temple Club Restaurant and cheap beer.

The beer was really cheap. A glass of Anchor draft was only 50 cents USD and a glass of cocktail was only 5 USD 2.5 USD!

The food was not bad at all, especially the pork ribs!

Cambodian tradional food and pork ribs.

Angkor Night Market

After dinner, we took a walk to the nearby Angkor Night Market.

Angkor Night Market.

It was a shopping heaven. Everything there was so cheap you could get a t-shirt for only 2 USD and a 60 minutes foot massage for only 4 USD 3 USD!

Shopping and foot massage.

What a fruitful, long and tiring day. Although it was only the first day but I started to like Cambodia already.

Coming up next, temples visiting and Angkor Wat sunrise.

Cambodia Series


Max 17 November 2010

yer so cool!

Ted 17 November 2010

beer is so cheap

Dennis Lee 17 November 2010

Yer indeed it’s a nice place to visit…

Damn cheap, we had beer almost every night.

kopiais 17 November 2010

1. cocktail was USD 2.5
2. food massage is USD 3
3. not just beer…we had pork every single meal!
4. i can’t post comment using facebook account, it said error with blank email or name…something like that


Dennis Lee 17 November 2010

Hahaha… I’m just not good with numbers and money…

I knew they were wrong, I knew you will correct me… so I post first… hehe :p

Sigh… Facebook problem again? Facebook must have changed their API. No choice, hope the plugin I use update soon.

smashpOp 18 November 2010

cambodia actually looks good from your photos. hehe

Dennis Lee 18 November 2010

Hahaha what do you mean by “Cambodia actually looks good”?

Cambodia is good. So much nicer than what I thought. Especially Siem Reap, a very good tourist destination.

Rames 18 November 2010

niceeee photos 😀

Dennis Lee 19 November 2010

Thanks Rames!!!

Christine Yeo 23 December 2010

Yr photos are beautiful!! My friends keep telling me not to go to Phnom Penh and I am determined to prove them wrong, haha… Your photos further entice me =) May I know when did you visit Cambodia? How was the weather then? I want to avoid the heat, hoping to go there in a cooler month, but not much rain and clear blue skies, hee…

Dennis Lee 23 December 2010

Thanks Christine!

You must go… it’s a nice place to visit!

I went there around end of August. The weather there is much the same as Malaysia or Singapore, so it’s hot throughout the year.

But they do have bluer skies compare to us… hahaha…

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