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Monday, May 22, 2006

CAMBODIA, ANGKOR WAT - 13th to 17th May 2006




This is our first trip to Cambodia, so we decided to focus on Siem Reap and Angkor Wat.

We spent our first day visiting the cultural village, just to get an idea on the Cambodians lifestyle and culture. Quite a big place to walkabout which cost us $9. We spent the whole evening there.

2nd day marked our real exposure on the temples of Angkor Wat. We started with Angkor Thom South Gate, to Bayon. This temple is huge. We were really excited. We continued with Baphoun, Phimeanakas, Terrace of the Elephants, Thommanom, Ta Keo, Ta Phrom and Banteay Kdei in the morning. Just like what everyone recommended, Ta Phrom, the jungle temple is very artistic with huge tree roots all over the temple. Ta Keo is nice and huge too. In the afternoon we finally step foot in Angkor Wat. It's magnificient. No wonder it's one of the 7 wonders of the world. It took 30 years to build, only with manpower. We climbed up the hill to Phnom Bakheng to see the sunset, but rain caused us to rush down in 5 mins, which took us 15 mins to climb.

On the 3rd day, we went northeast of Angkor Wat. Our first stop was Prasat Kravarn. I like this temple. Then there is Pre Rup, East Mebon, Banteay Srei, Ta Som, Neak Pean and Preah Khan. Today is a short day in the temples, and we headed back to Siem Reap Central Market where the girls did most of their shopping. Being unsatisfied, we went back to Phnom Bakheng in the evening and managed to see the sunset. There were about 300 others at the same time waiting for the sun to set.

4th day was dedicated to Tonle Sap Lake and the Roluos Group. The lake tour took us 1 hour and 30 mins. At the centre of the lake, we could feel like being in the middle of the sea. This is the feeling we get from the biggest lake in South East Asia. Later, we went to the Roluos Group, consist of Lolei, Preah Ko and Bakong. It's the end of our temple visit and we headed back to town for some souvenirs.
5th day was a rest day. We packed our bags and came back to Malaysia.

Breakdown of our expenditure:
Air Asia Ticket RM143.00.
Cultural village ticket $9.00.
3 day Angkor Wat pass $40.00.
Boat ride $8.00.
Taxi $80/4 = $20.00.
Hotel $60/4 = $15.00.
Airport tax $25.00.
Food $30.00.
Misc $50.00.

TOTAL = RM143 + USD197
Worth it or not? You tell me.....