Birthday in Angkor Wat, Cambodia
I guess this is one of my most awesome birthday ever! Imagine celebrating your birthday on the beautiful Siem Reap, Cambodia especially to that very famous Tomb Raider and historical spot — Angkor Wat!
Following a flight from Kuala Lumpur, we hop off to Phnom Penh then we took a 6-hours bus trip. Btw, my first time to ride a two-floor bus!
Then we headed directly to Frangipani Hotel. There we were welcomed by delicious drinks, big comfortable rooms, soothing jacuzzi and pool. And oh, their buffet breakfast was awesome too! I give this hotel a high recommendation.
Then after a good night rest and delicious breakfast in the hotel, we headed early to the ticket booth to buy our passes to visit Angkor.
Not wasting any of our time, we went directly to the different temples of Angkor with excitement after we got our passes.
I was really in awe when I saw the temples. Each has distinct architectural design and the details of its stone sculptures are really sophisticated. And contemplating that there’s not much technology centuries ago, yet these people were still able to build these architectures, that is awesome, right? Well, to see is to believe. Check out below.
The tour in Cambodia doesn’t just end in Angkor Wat. A trip is not complete without shopping for pasalubong! Thanks to our hotel, we got a free bicycle to use to tour the Cambodia downtown. We were all so excited because almost everybody were not able to drive a bicycle for decades. Weeee, reminiscing childhood years. And yes, the excitement of being able to drive a bicycle is still there!
Shopping till our dollars drop! This market in Cambodia downtown has great deals from shirts, accessories, bags and a lot more. You really just need to learn a little negotiating and acting skills here. Hehehe! And yeah, I have to buy a trolley for my purchases! Doubled luggage is going home! Hahahha!
Before I end this post, here’s a quick trivia about Angkor Wat.
Angkor Wat is the largest Hindu temple complex in the world. The temple was built by King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century in Yasodharapura, the capital of the Khmer Empire, as his state temple and eventual mausoleum.
The modern name, Angkor Wat, means “Temple City” or “City of Temples” in Khmer.
Quick Travel Facts:
Currency: Riel is their currency but for tourists, US Dollar is widely used.
Transportation: “Tuktuk” – a three wheeled vehicle is an affordable option to tour distant spots in Cambodia. Bicycle, is another way of enjoying the tour but for downtown areas only.
Hotel: As mentioned, I give a high recommendation to Frangipani Hotel. Their hotel is clean, meals are sumptuous and service is great.
Budget: Cost of meals, city transportation, hotel, tours and shopping varies widely per person however you can work on a budget of at least 250 USD for a 2 days stay.
Cambodia, especially Angkor Wat, is a very beautiful place for vacation. The laid back lifestyle, amazing angkor temples and value for money hotel and shopping, are best deals to cap off months or a year of hard work! It’s definitely a vacation treat you deserve!
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