Siem Reap Visual Overview #9 – Preah Khan

Visited on the 26th December 2012 (Wednesday) Day 03 Summary from Ancient Angkor Books Guide (Michael Freeman & Claude Jacques) Date: Late 12th century (1191) Style: Bayon Reign: Jayavarman VII, alterations by Jayavarman VIII   According to the ancient Angkor guide, Preah Khan was more than a temple. It was a buddhist temple with over 1000 teachers. Imagine…

Siem Reap Visual Overview #8 – Angkor Wat & Angkor Thom

Visited on the 26th December 2012 (Wednesday) Day 03 Summary from Ancient Angkor Books Guide (Michael Freeman & Claude Jacques) Date: Early 12th (Between 1113 and 1150) with later additions Style: Angkor Wat Reign: Suryavarman II Highlights: World largest religious monument A complete realised microcosm of the Hindu universe, culminating in the 5 peaks of Mount Meru Rich in details…

Siem Reap Visual Overview #7 – Kampong Pluk and hanging out in Pub Street

Visited on the 25th December 2012 (Tuesday) Evening of Day 02 From Beng Mealea, we visited Kampong Pluk, the floating village.  At first we were undecided to do either Kampong Pluk or Chong Kneas Floating Village because we had heard different comments/opinions on these. We finally decided on doing Kampong Pluk because of what we heard from…

Siem Reap Visual Overview #6 – Out and About!

Visited on the 25th December 2012 (Tuesday) Temple Visit Day 02 Merry Christmas everyone! We didn’t wanted to get Wat-out (temple fatigue) thus we decided to only do temples on alternate day.  In saying that, we are still visiting a temple but it on the out skirt of Siem Reap. We had to travel in the tuk…

Siem Reap Visual Overview #5 – More Temples & End of Day One!

Visited on the 24th December 2012 (Monday) Temple Visit Day 01 Angkor Thom is one of the largest Khmer cities ever built, 9 sq km in area. The above is one of the five gates of Angkor Thom called the Victory Gate. Summary from Ancient Angkor Books Guide (Michael Freeman & Claude Jacques) Date: Late 12th –…

Siem Reap Visual Overview #3 – Sunrise at Angkor Wat

Visited on the 24th December 2012 (Monday) Temple Visit Day 01 Ask any tourist that comes to Cambodia, what’s in their to do list? 9 over 10 would say a  photo of Angkor’s sunrise. That glimpse of sunrise rising just behind Angkor Wat. Have you done it before? If yes, you will know what I’m…

Siem Reap Visual Overview #1 – Our Arrival

I finally found some time and was going through the recent travel photos. I have a 103GB (21,117 Files) worth of photos and videos to sort out. Gulp! So this will take me some time, I am trying to summarised my trip visually and in collages. So keep coming back for more photos each day! Our…

The South East Asian Horror

Right! What are these horror that I am talking about? For me it was the long dreaded van ride. Stuck in a confined space with strangers, you can’t sit comfortably, you can’t sleep, and the driver is driving madly. It felt more like a roller coaster than a comfortable vacation ride. My first horror story starts from…

Angkor Howto!

So you bought your ticket. Packed your stuffs and ready to explore the Angkor like Lara Croft. Have you prepare your game plan? Where to and how to start Angkor? It’s bigger than you can imagine. Stretching over some 400 square kilometres, including forested area, Angkor Archaeological Park contains the magnificent remains of several capitals of…

Our Highly Recommended Tuk Tuk Driver in Siem Reap

Koeun picked us up for free at the airport as part of the guesthouse’s service. The first impression I had of Koeun was that he was really soft-spoken and a safe driver. He sent us to the guesthouse and informed us that he would love it if we would use his tuk tuk service while…