For the past two months, I have been planning a short trip to Siem Reap, Cambodia with one of my oldest friends. Interestingly, this is my first trip to a Southeast Asian country for purely personal reasons. I haven’t traveled nearly enough to nearby countries (something I mean to change), and I am learning more and more about the world I live in and how truly small I am.
We went on this trip last weekend, enduring countless hours in airports and delays on our respective flights. We spent three and a half days in the company of the lovely Khmer people and awe-inspiring ruins. Dry season in Cambodia is not as picturesque, but we battled less crowds and had many coconut shakes.
I would love to go again sometime, during tourist season when the grass is green and the lake is full and when the temperature, according to the locals, is 16-20 degrees Celsius.
Our three-day itinerary
- Beng Melea
- Nearykhmer Restaurant for lunch
- Tonle Sap Lake (floating village of Chong Kneas)
- St John’s Church
- Sunrise in Angkor Wat
- Banteay Srey
- Preah Khan
- Khmer Angkor Kitchen for lunch
- Ta Prohm
- Angkor Wat
- Apsara dance show at Bayon Restaurant
- Old Market
- Spa, rest and relaxation
We technically had an extra half day for our flight out, for last minute preparation and downtime.
I’ll write a little more about the lovely ruins next time!