Temple - Cambodia Free and Easy (Siem Reap Backpacking Trip)

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Introduction

Between 9th and 14th centuries, over hundred of temples was build in a wide area. That's impossible for us to visit all within 5 days, but we managed to go according to our planed itinerary and most importantly, we have visited the "four must not miss" temples in Siem Reap -- Angkor Wat, Bayon, Ta Prohm and Bakong.

Temple passes:

  • 1 Day Pass = USD20
  • 3 Day Pass = USD40
  • 1 Week Pass = USD60

 


3-days temple pass @ USD40

Temple Guide ~ (Rating: 4/5 )

Sam is a Khmer and a firm believer in Buddhism. In his 50 years of life experience, he went through several regimes that took place in Cambodia including the Infamous Pol Pot Regime. Personally, I feel that Sam is a tour guide with great knowledge in the Angkorian history.

In terms of communication, he is well-versed with his english, so communicating with him was really easy and relaxing.

Beside educating us into the Angkorian period, he also introduced us to good Khmer food that are reasonable priced. In other word, he is a tour guide with ethnic as most tour guides will bring tourist to expensive place to eat so they will be able to earn some commissions from the restaurant.

He is passionate in his job as I remembered seeing a bandage over his knee but yet he never complain about any pain even though we’ve been walking and climbing for the whole day. Overall, I feel great to have a tour guide like Sam. If you guys are interested in Pol Pot regime and what he have went through during the regime, he will be the right person to go to and he is ever willing to share everything.

Samreth - Our guide Group picture at Bayon Morning glory - AKA Kangkong
Sam explaining to us with every details Our 3 days transport

Five of us shared the total amount of USD40 for a van and USD25 for the guide fees per day to explore the Angkor temples. It will be cheaper if we choose to take Tuk Tuk travelling around Siem Reap (about USD15). But honestly, it is really up to individual which one you prefer. An air-con van giving us more comfort and safer compared to a Tuk Tuk.

Sam's contact
Blog: http://angkortouring.wordpress.com
Cell phone number: +855 12 763 462
Email: kao_samreth@hotmail.com

 

Angkor Wat

The world's largest religious monument, built for the king Suryavarman II in early 12th century with later additions. Angkor Wat located 5.5km north of Siem Reap on the main road to the monuments, we been to the temple twice within a day for sunrise and sunset. Unfortunately, the sky was covered with thick black clouds and rain water continuously pouring down every time we entered to the temple.

The outer limits of Angkor Wat are set by its broad moat, faced in laterite and sandstone. Total area is almost 200 hectares - a rectangle of 1.5km East - West by 1.3km North - South, the largest temple at Angkor.

 Angkor Wat temple
Apsaras at Angkor Wat The Kaurava army advances into the Battle of Kurikshetra
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Bakong

Bakong is the State Temple of Indravarman I at Hariharalya, the capital utilized by Jayavarman II at the end of the 8th century just before he moved down from the Kulen Mountains after 802. Bakong was the first significant temple-mountain; it appears that it was previously constructed in laterite possibly by Jayavarman III and simply finished in sandstone by Indravarman as his last work.

The size is considerable - 900m x 700m. Includes two moats and three concentric enclosures. The outer moat, on average 3m deep, had a surface area of 15 hectares. Sunrise and early morning are particularly attractive and is the best time to visit.

   
  monk at Bakong

 

Bayon

The Bayon temple "The complex face-towers" built in late 12th to late 13th centuries, is one of the most enigmatic and powerful religious constructions in the world. The temple is extremely complex both in terms of its structure and meaning, having passed through different religious phases from Pantheon of Gods, Hindu worship and Buddhism.

Early morning and late afternoon can give marvelous and unexpected views of the faces. Because of the trees, almost no direct sunlight strikes the Bayon during approximately the first hour after sunrise and the last hour before sunset.

 
  Chinese soldies
  part of statue showing the life of Khmer

 

Ta Prohm

One of the ”Must See” temple in Siem Reap, built between late 12th to 13th centuries in a style of Bayon. The trees that have grown intertwined among the ruins has became a “marked” for Ta Prohm, eventually, the trees has also becomes a support for the building.

 
     

 

Cambodia's Log: Summary | Accommodation | Places | Temple | Food | Miscellaneous

 

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My name is Jeff. I enjoy travelling especially with my Nikon D80 capturing the wonders of the world. I am bless with a group of buddies who enjoy travelling like I do. We always source for information and plan our itineraries to ensure splendour trip. Hope you enjoy reading our trip adventures! Some snapshot of my trip
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