Jan Noel Carlo Teope
In early August I flew direct from Manila to Siem Reap in a 90-dollar roundtrip fare which I got from an airline fare sale.
Being my second time there I wanted to expand my culture intake and still see the basics with a friend who had never been.
Home of the renowned Angkor Temple complex Siem Reap lies in the northwestern part of Cambodia and is a favorite stopover in Southeast Asia for backpackers traveling by bus from Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, and Phnom Penh. With so many unique things to experience in Siem Reap it can be overwhelming trying to decide what to do. Below are 7 awesome bucket list items you should include on your itinerary.
1. Indiana Jones-ing at the Temples
The Angkor temples are real testaments to tenacity. That feeling you get when you are among the walls of these 9th and 13th century old architectures as they unveil history is lasting. The rise and fall of empires, the intricacy of the Khmer art, and the harmonious adaptation of the ruins to nature as it stand the test of time, these sums up my temple hopping experience.
2. Bargain Shopping
3. Phare, The Cambodian Circus
They have a few different shows however the screenplay I saw was about discrimination with a little bit of humor lighten a very sensitive social issue. The group performs in a very solid stance and you could see that they love what they’re doing. The group is world renowned and has traveled across end the world visiting the U.S., Europe and elsewhere.
4. Afternoon Drinks on a Roof Deck
5. Bicycle Touring
What’s the best way to explore the Siem Reap? Well, rent a bike for a dollar and get lost in it. I didn’t mind battling for space on the road against tuk-tuks, motors, and pedestrians and all I remembered from that journey was I was biking around Siem Reap that morning. I passed by the majestic Ankor Wat and in that fleeting moment time stood still.
6. Spend some quite time in a do-good coffee shop
7. Marvel at the Ankor Wat Sunrise
It was 5:15am and Mr. Chour, our tuk-tuk driver, was waiting patiently at the hotel entrance. We would be heading to Angkor Wat to watch the sunrise. At first I thought it’s impossible to capture a good picture of Angkor Wat during sunrise because the light was not sufficient to showcase the beauty of the temple and its entirety and it was hazy. The sky started to display its amazing spectrum as it unveils the outline of the temple from across the moat. The photographers started the capture every single moment of it. It