Let’s take it back to the 12th century.
Siem Reap, Cambodia. Where on earth do I start? This country has been nothing but pleasant surprises.
Firstly, when deciding where to go in Cambodia, Rebecca and I was weighing the advantages and disadvantages of Siem Reap, or the capital – Phnom Penh. However, after ending our trip, we knew we had made the correct decision! – and here’s exactly why..
Of course, Siem Reap is especially known for being home to the largest religious monument in the world. Angkor What? I hear you ask?
Voted by Lonely Planet as the world’s number 1 sight, I finally understood why. It was originally constructed as a Hindu temple of god Vishnu for the Khmer Empire, gradually transforming into a Buddhist temple towards the end of the 12th century.
It was almost unbelievable to be in the presence of such history – especially one that dates back to this extent. I was completely mesmerised in its infrastructure.
We spent a lot of time reading about each monument, whilst also climbing and meditating. (So I tried – I haven’t quite got to grips with that one as of yet.)
Rebecca and I also got blessed by a Monk – Yes, hashtag feeling blessed.
Besides the main building of Angkor Wat, the land stretched 350 football pitches to other temples and sites.
Angkor Thom – Bayon Temple:
Bayon is known for its huge stone faces, thought by many to be a portrait of King Jayavarman himself, which has been dubbed by some as the “Mona Lisa of Southeast Asia.”
We had so much fun exploring and getting lost in the many faces of Bayon!
Angkor Thom – Baphuon Temple.
Baphuon is a single sanctuary temple-mountain situated on a high base. It is a symbolical representation of Mount Meru.
The walls of Baphuon Temple, told a story of conflict and invasions.
Yes, you read right. I was standing on the same soil as Angelina Jolie!
The movie Tomb Raider was shot in Angkor Thom, something which I didn’t know until I came here myself!
Nope, thats not just A tree. Thats THE tree Angelina Jolie was swinging off.
However, besides their temples, Siem Reap was bursting with activities!
Cambodia Quad Bike Adventure:
We decided to take a tour of Siem Reaps countryside, but however on quad bikes.
The experience was going to be one we’d never forget!
I’d hate to say it, but we cheated death several times whilst riding through swamps, rice fields, red sand roads, and ox farms! Not to mention when an Ox blocked Becca’s path LMAO.
Risk assessment aside, we had an absolute ball out on those roads!
I mean, I cannot go to Siem Reap and not write about Pub Street.
Rebecca and I would spend our days in the temples, and nights in the clubs lol. We couldn’t believe how lit their night life was here! Angkor What? bar and Temple Club was on fire every night!
Besides from the night life, Pub Street was home to hundreds of restaurants, ranging from Western cuisines, to Eastern.. to spiders.
I mean, we had every dish except for the spiders and scorpions!
We had a blast in Siem Reap, and I cannot recommend seeing Angkor Wat enough.
And well.. I suppose the Angkor “what” mystery has now been solved!