Day 3 - Angkor Wat (and other wats)
We had to get up as early as 4:30 in the morning!!
Because we had to queue for the entrance ticket just to catch the sunrise @ Angkor Wat!
Oh before that, we rented a tuk tuk from our hotel (together with the driver) for the whole day for $20 (usually it only costs $15, but since we wanted to see the sunrise, it's an additional $5bucks).
We reached the gate by 5:30 am and people were already queuing!
Sorry, it was too early for me too see such large crowd.
1 Day = $20
2 Days = $40
3 Day = $40 (I think it's the same amount of $40 if you're getting the 3-day tour)
We opted for the 1 day pass since the next morning was our flight home.
They took a picture of us for each pass.
|I was super annoyed at the entrance guard hence muka tonyok. Hahaha|
Remember when I said Cambodians are really friendly?
Well I didn't mean these people who work by the gate!
They were rude!
I mean how the fuck should we know that we gotta stand at one corner for our pictures to be taken and they could have at least inform us that it's gonna take a bit for them to return our (money) balance.
A little goes along the way.
Probably they were annoyed at the many tourists at such ungodly hours.
But they should know,
tourists = money for the country = money for you.
We're your money card.
There are several check points that they would stop us and check our passes.
And finally we reached Angkor Wat!
Tips on what to bring if you're going to Angkor Wat:
- WATER. LOTS AND LOTS OF WATER.
- A hat
- A pocket fan
- A map/book about the history (unless if you're with a tour guide then this is not really necessary)
And which I didn't bring any of that!
Well except for water. oh and a fan.
Expect a lot of people though. Considering people only go to Cambodia just to see these wonderful wats (which means temple btw in case if you're wondering)
|I TOLD YOU! PEOPLE ARE LIKE FLIES ON A DUNG! LOL|
|The majestic Angkor Wat|
I was already sweating like a pig by 6:30am cause well, my sweat glands are like factories in China, never stopped working LOL.
Please wear soemthing comfortable as if you're gonna take a hike. I saw lots of (mostly Japanese) women wore dresses, mini skirts, high heels with pantyhose and some other WTF outfits.
I get it. You wanna look cute/adorable/WTF, but omg!
Urghh, they made me so uncomfortable just by looking at them!
Anyway, here are some pictures of us in Angkor Wat.
yes yes yes
I make the same stereotype pose whenever I go to countries with temples.
I need to learn some more varieties!
We were there at Angkor Wat for God knows how many hours just because Taylor refused to go.
Mau je aku tolak orang putih sorang ni dalam tasik tu. Lembab gila!
We FINALLY moved on to another temple!
|Duduk dalam tuk tuk boleh mengepakkan tangan and let angin mengeringkan ketiak. HAHAHA|
|Taken on the bridge to the South Gate|
|Taken on the bridge overlooking the river|
Bayon has always been fascinating.
There are about 200 large faces carved on the 54 towers.
|You don't really see the faces from here, but they're there.|
|Side view of the ruins. I don't know why I took a picture of that couple. Sebok je.|
|I look super tiny. Hehehehehehehehe mak soka.|
It was funny cause Nanie wanted to climb this as well, but just by looking at Taylor, who was struggling to get up there....terus tak jadi. LOLOLOL
It was super hilarious on the many actions that he did just to reach the top....aku tak sampai hati nak describe kat sini.
|Taking a pic by the "stairs". These are the same stairs that Taylor had to climb. And they're not like your everyday stairs, they're so steep, and no feet placement!|
|On the bridge to Bapoun|
One thing to take note if you're going to Bapoun.
This temple is still being used by monks.
So if you're wearing a tank top, or shorts, make sure you bring along something to cover up (ie: a long shawl to that's enough to cover your whole body)
I don't know why I couldn't remember this part (considering I always bring my scarf) so I couldn't go in :(
Since I couldn't enter, all I could do was take pictures from the outside.
But thank you Nanie for accompanying me while waiting for T to "climb" up there! ahaahahah
|Tapi kurang aja kaann?? Hahahahahah|
|Elephant Terrace, which is connected to Leper King Terrace..which is on the other side. It's a LONGGGGGGGG terrance|
At about 11am, we were hungry, annoyed and sweating like a bunch of coal miners, so we've decided to head back to find some food and catch some Zzz.
We convened at around 4pm feeling all freshen up and shit. lol.
Since our hotel is just about 10mins tuk tuk ride from Angkor's entrance, it was really convenient for us to just go back and forth.
So the first temple we visited that evening was Banteay Kdei.
Don't ask me how to pronounce it.
There were not many people around, not sure whether it was because of the time or people weren't interested to see.
I had a love-hate relationship when there were not many ppl around.
Love - the fact that there weren't a lot of ppl around (duh)
Hate - when there are not a lot of ppl around, the locals tend to push for their "unofficial" tour guide "service" and that means you gotta tip them.
What really fascinate me about these temples is their intricate design all over the walls.
Afterwards, we moved on to Ta Prohm. One of my favorites.
|A long (lonely) road to Ta Prohm|
|Ta Prohm. Tree roots and the stone walls are intertwined.|
They were doing some major restoration for this temple, and I was trying so hard not to take a picture where you could see their construction pillars, nets and all that lol.
|Entrance to Ta Prohm. (or the exit for us since we went from the opposite way)|
|Chilling while we were literally chasing the sun to catch the sunset|
|Ta Keo. We didn't get to explore this cause we were rushing!|
|Barely made it! We didn't get to go up to the hill where we were supposed to go. So our driver took us to the bridge instead. Quick thinking Adik Drebar!|
And that's the end of our Angkor Wat tour!
It was really tiring and no wonder some people even took their time to spread out their visits on a longer time span!
It's a HUGEEEEEEEEEEEEE compound!
As for our dinner, we've made a prior reservation at Angkor Mondial (I'd suggest you NOT to go) for our dinner + Apsara cultural dance show for $12 per person.
Food was blergh. It was buffet style.
Dance performance was good though.
But food was blerghhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
And the atmosphere was noisy as hell!
It has been a long day and it was the time for us to catch our good night sleep cause we gotta get up early for our flight home!
Day 4 - Welcome Home Alia!
|A little outskirt of the town. Away from the bustling city and whatnot. Enroute to the airport|
|Their common means of transportation|
GOODBYE CAMBODIA! Nice knowing you!