Excuse me in advance for the utterly cheeseballs title (even I am annoyed by it) but really, how else can you name a temple-filled Cambodia blog post? Also, excuse me for the unwanted picspam!!! I have failed to update this blog wayyyy too long to give you a short comeback entry, hence this inappropriate flooding, which I can only apologize for.
What to say about Cambodia… We’ve only been in the country for three days, and I was actually surprised at how similar Cambodia is to Thailand. Their culture actually confuses me a bit – their cuisine is a mix of Thai, Viet, and Chinese all blended together and served as an experimental protein shake. Their writing / alphabet, I could’ve sworn was Thai, but apparently I was wrong. The architecture in Siem Reap reminded me a lot of Balinese aesthetics. Basically, Cambodia felt like a mix of a lot of Asian cultures, which is good if you’re a traveler skimping on actual traveling. You could go to Cambodia and brush up on a lot of cultural experiences in one plane ticket, hurray for the stingy ones!
Even with the amount of photos I’ve just posted up, I was lazy to sort out the three temples we’ve visited (Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm, and Angkor Wat). As you might have noticed, I’d also magically switch outfits from photo to photo. I owe you no explanation. I guess I can’t say much but let the pictures talk for themselves! Anyone visiting to Cambodia to check out the temples would surely have a grand time. The scale, details, and the preservation of these temples are something to be truly marveled upon. My only advice is, if you do plan to travel to Cambodia, do split the temple visiting to at least two days. Believe me, when I first stepped foot in Angkor Thom, I could hardly keep my finger away from the shutter button. But after I got past that, I just eventually gave up. After some time, each temple would just look like another pile of carved stones to you – all the same banana. I’d say it’s not the best way to fully appreciate the uniqueness of each temple. I suggest check out Angkor Wat first, do some shopping, retire to your hotel and enjoy the airconditioning and the fluffy pillows, then do Angkor Thom and Ta Prohm the next day/s. Then do more shopping. And pig out! Eat durian to your heart’s content (I LOVE DURIAN, I’m just saying).
I wish I could offer more travel tips, but we were really mostly there for the temples, then had to leave and go back to Thailand afterwards (immigration was helllaaaa disastrous!). If any of you had been to Cambodia and has visited other unique places, I’d appreciate comments or suggestions on where to go next time! I’d love to return and explore other parts of Siem Reap, where the soil is naturally tinted auburn.