see the world with parents- fam trip in Siem Reap, Cambodia
For many travelers, Angkor is a place must visit in a lifetime. As I saw the big sale on Siem Reap flight, I booked tickets immediately with no hesitate!
There are 3 common routes to visit Angkor wat- Big tour/circuit small tour/circuit and long distance tour. Since we only had a short period, 1 route per day seems the best decision for us. In addition, the hostel we stayed provided those tour in a really reasonable price. All we needed to do is to follow locals and enjoyed this amazing place.
Our schedule was like this:
Day 1: Big Tour by Tuk tuk
Day 2: Long Distance Tour by car
Day 3: Small Tour+ sunrise by Tuk tuk
Tuk tuk is the most common vehicle in Cambodia and south east Asia. It is a scooter-based taxi. For me, tuk-tuk is a scooter connected with a “chair” or “sofa”behind. For my parents, taking tuk tuk is a brand new experience for sure. Even it rained like hell those days, the canopy can cover whole tuk-tuk. But the traffic in Cambodia still scared me! There are no traffic lights in some corners. I am really glad our local driver is professional enough in this crazy traffic.
What to see?
Tooo many stuff to see in Cambodia! The first thing you need to do before starting your trip is to get a ticket! There are 1-day, 3-day and 7-day tickets to buy. Within this ticket, you can visit all places in Angkor Wat. As I mentioned above, there are 3 different routes to go. And here are what you can see in these routes :
1. Big Tour : Pre Rup, East Mebon, Ta Som, Neak Pean and Preah Khan.
Big Tour is to see palaces scattered around Angkor Wat. Among those spots, Neak Pean is my favorite. Neak Pean is a temple on an artificial island. It sits in the middle of four lotus pattern pool, which represented the element of water, wind, earth and earth. The path to the temple is surround by pools. The view is totally different from other spots. The reflection on pools were really beautiful.
2. Long Distance Tour : Banteay Srey, Banteay Samre, Kbal Spean (Thousands lingas), Roluos Group (Preah Ko, Bakong, Lolei)
The raining season runs from May to Oct. It rained heavily that day since the early morning. The weather was crazy. When it rained, the water was like pouring down. The road were flooded and muddy. However, the rain suddenly stopped, and became sunny again. After a while, it rained heavily again. Thanks god that we chose Long Distance Tour this day. At least, we could hide in the car if needed.
3. Small Tour : Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom ( South Gate of Angkor Thom, Bayon, Baphoun, Phimeanakas, Terrace of Elephants, Leper King, Sour Prat ), Chau Say Tavata (Devata), Thommanon, Ta Keo, Ta Prohm, Banteay Kdei, Srah Srang (Royal Bath), Kravan.
This was the best part of the trip. Small tour is the main palace and temple of Angkor Wat. The architecture , sculpture and stone carvings are totally incredible.
What To eat?
There is a huge night market in Siem Reap. I am pretty sure you can find something cheap and delicious there.
My final note..
Cambodia was way beyond my imagination. The scale of those temples are much larger than what I thought. Every temples and buildings are all so different and surprising. I didn’t know stories and histories behind each buildings well, but I believe those will add on more colors and understand more about Angkor Wat for sure.
I really enjoyed being a backpacker- travel alone, meet new friends and start different adventures. However, this year I start to fall in love with this backpacker trip with parents. – show them cool places and different lifestyles. I really want to show them how beautiful this world is. Can’t wait to start our trip in 2017 !