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Published: September 10th 2006
9th May (Tues) - My mum and I flew to Siem Reap, Cambodia in the early morning. The flight was so early that my mum and I overslept and nearly missed the plane. In Siem Reap, my mum booked a taxi to bring us around. The driver brought us to Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat, where we saw magnificient ancient temples with intact wall carvings and decorations... In the evening we went up Phnom Bakheng, a temple hill complex, to view the sunset. Unfortunately, the sky was cloudy and we didn't manage to see the sunset.
10th May (Wed) - More and more temples... The driver brought us to the various temple complexes east and north of Angkor Thom. Some of the most spectacular temples were the Bandeay Srei (very beautiful, intact and detailed carvings), and Ta Prohm (a ruined temple with many trees growing out from the temple walls and grounds). In the evening, when looking for a restaurant to have dinner, we wandered into a small restaurant owned by a Cambodian-Chinese family. To my mum's delight, the father in the family can speak Cantonese. For the whole night, my mum and the restaurant owner chatted in Cantonese and
exchanged stories on the life in Singapore and Cambodia.
11th May (Thu) - In the morning we visited more temples. First we visited Beng Melea (a ruined temple like the one in Indiana Jones or Tomb Raider)... We followed the guides and climbed up and down the ruins. It was very exciting, but I had an unfortunate incident when I accidentally bumped my head against a fallen beam. Later we visited the Roluo group temples (which had a longer history than the Angkor temples). In the afternoon we visited the Tonle Sap floating village, where the people live on floating houses and buy stuffs from floating shops. Several kids, rowing bathtubs or styrofoam boxes, paddled furiously beside us and chased us for money... (We were sitting in a speedboat.) During the visit, the speedboat operater brought us to this floating souvenir shop. I must say that the place was very "touristy" and commercialised. At night, we packed our luggage as we would leave Siem Reap for Phnom Penh on the next day.
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