Angkor Adventures Part 1 – On Arrival and Khmer Lunch

Sometimes, I really grateful to have AirAsia (AA) for introducing so many new unknown destinations to us Malaysians and one of them is Siem Reap. Prior to that, I had no idea where on Earth is Siem Reap and what’s good there. Little did I know that Siem Reap is actually a town of Cambodia and most importantly, UNESCO-listed Angkor Wat is located there too! I think to most of us, Angkor Wat is just a big temple with fairly good historical values and unique architectures. Well, it’s not that simple as you might think.

To start off our journey in Siem Reap, it’s best for you to know what’s behind Angkor Wat.

The Angkor Archaeological Park is home to the magnificent Khmer temple ruins of Angkor, including the legendary Angkor Wat, Bayon and dozens of other ancient ruins of the Angkorian-era (9th-13th century) Khmer Empire. The Park encompasses more than 400 square kilometers just outside Siem Reap City in northwestern Cambodia and is a World Heritage Site. [Source]

In 1992, the site was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List and was declared a World Heritage in Danger site, due to extensive damage as a result of abandonment because of war and other upheavals. [Source]

Our journey to Siem Reap was pretty smooth; no delays in flight, pretty good weather and everyone was in good mood. Except that I had high fever the night before but luckily subsided by the time we left.

On Airbus A320
The sky wasn’t that blue cuz I applied CPL filter on my lens.

Fast forward two hours later, we touched down Siem Reap International Airport. We did what most typical tourists must do; take photos with jet plane as backdrop. Hahaha.

Siem Reap Intl Airport
Everybody say cheeseeee

We were the very last batch of people to actually went into the airport as we busy cam-whore. On the side note, this terminal was just opened not very long ago and I still could see workers putting finishing touches to it.

Nevertheless, fast forward again, we met up with our guide, John, who has been waiting for quite some time under hot scorching sun and he wasted no time introducing himself and welcoming us to his homeland.

We checked into our hotel first, Nokor Phnom which is just 10 minutes drive from the airport. I tell you, Siem Reap is actually a small town and most of the places are within driving distance. Okay, back to the story again, after we checked in, we went for our very first Khmer lunch at our own expense.

Nokor Phnom Hotel Lobby
Welcome to Siem Reap, sa-wa-dee-kap…. (Huh, we’re not in Thai ler..)

We had our lunch at this restaurant called Borey Savann. It was where my fever came back and thus I did not manage to sample their dishes.

Khmer Lunch
Stir fried mixed vegetables

Khmer Lunch
Coconut amok (Khmer style curry)

Khmer Lunch
Forgot what is this cuz I was busy with Panadol… -__-”

Khmer Lunch
Some kind of spring roll, I guess

And I had this for my lunch…

Khmer Lunch
Glass noodle with minced pork in tomato

My one and only dish actually tasted quite good. I was actually more worried of my fever than the food as I afraid it will spoil the entire trip and make my friends worry. So, I tried to put up a cheerful look so everybody will actually think I’m getting better. (Friends, I’m so sorry with the mess that I brought up.)

Coming up soon… our first destination of the day.

More photos:

Siem Reap Day 1: LCC-T and Siem Reap Intl Airport

Siem Reap Day 1: Arrival and Khmer Lunch

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A travel addict and food junkie. When he is not traveling, he loves penning his thoughts on his latest adventures, whether food, places or anything that fascinates him. His travelogues often include intriguing photos that capture the moments as he believes a photo speaks thousand words.

8 Comments

  1. p_chen82Oct 12, 07

    wei.. thanks for blog it out and share your experience with ppl who nv been to siem reap or ppl who hav visited siem reap. haha.. none of us blog a detail 4d3n siem reap trip.

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  2. chleongOct 12, 07

    Actually, I’ve been waiting for you all too. I did intend to write after I finish upload the photos but photo editing is still far from done. I think I better write it first before I forget them.

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  3. p_chen82Oct 12, 07

    i would like to share out my travel experience at siem reap with everyone. BUT, my english write up is not as good/attractive as yours. AND i also duno how to blog tat detail as yours in chinese.

    So, i m your blog reader waiting for your upcoming post. haha…

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  5. chleongOct 16, 07

    I’ve written quite a lot but will only do a posting per day. Hope you will have the patience to wait. Enjoy and do feedback!

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  6. p_chen82Oct 16, 07

    ok.. i ll wait patiently.

    Actually when ppl ask me about how was the cambodia trip i joined. I ll connect to “http://chleong.net/blog” and explain to them. haha…

    good. Keep it up..:p

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  7. […] Part 1 – On Arrival and Khmer Lunch Part 2 – Artisans d’Angkor Part 3 – The Killing Fields Memorial Part 4 – Phnom Bakheng and End of Day 1 Part 5 – Sunrise and the South Gate of Angkor Thom Part 6 – The Striking Expression of Bayon Part 7 – Brief Encounter at Baphuon, Phimeanakas and Terrace of the Elephants Part 8 – Atmospheric Ta Prohm Part 9 – Ta Keo Part 10 – Angkor Wat Part 11 – Nightlife in Town Part 12 – Tonle Sap Part 13 – Cultural Village and Apsara Dance Show Part 14 – Adieu Siem Reap […]

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  8. […] Part 1 – On Arrival and Khmer Lunch Part 2 – Artisans d’Angkor Part 3 – The Killing Fields Memorial Part 4 – Phnom Bakheng and End of Day 1 Part 5 – Sunrise and the South Gate of Angkor Thom Part 6 – The Striking Expression of Bayon Part 7 – Brief Encounter at Baphuon, Phimeanakas and Terrace of the Elephants Part 8 – Atmospheric Ta Prohm Part 9 – Ta Keo Part 10 – Angkor Wat Part 11 – Nightlife in Town Part 12 – Tonle Sap Part 13 – Cultural Village and Apsara Dance Show Part 14 – Adieu Siem Reap […]

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