Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Day 2 - 30/04/06 - Angkor Time 1st Part

Woke up around 7.30am local Cambodian time. The time zone for Cambodia is slower by 1 hour than Malaysia time which is just 8.30am. My parents at this time had already woke up busy preparing themself. I hurry up to prepare myself. After that went down for our breakfast. It's a buffet breakfast. The dishes available is roughly the same as other hotel in Malaysia buffet except here they provide you with non-halal food which is pork :D and not to mention there a mee and meehoon stall. the meehoon is dam nice. Around 9am local time we head toward the 7th world wonder. We will be visiting the ancient Angkor temple in Siem Reap. Just few min ride from the hotel.

Before reaching the angkor we had to pass through a ticketing booth which look like a malaysia toll booth for us the tourist to get a visitor pass aka 'Angkor Pass' which cost 20 USD for a 1 day pass. If anyone decided to come here again. The pass also come with a 3 days pass which cost 40 USD and 1 week pass which cost 60 USD. The visitor pass will grant you access to all the angkors and public toilet. Don't lost it else you will be denied entry to the next angkor or public toilet. Forgot to mention that visitor pass is only applicable for tourist while the local will able to enter for free.

Medidating tree
At last we had reach infront of Angkor Wat. The tour guide usher us to this tree for a short brefing. We were told that this type of tree is normally use by the buddhist monk for meditating under the tree. The weather was hot. Very hot in Cambodia. Much more hotter than Malaysia.

Some side info on Angkor Wat:
Regarded as the supreme masterpiece of Khmer architecture, it is a huge pyramid temple built by Suryavarman II between 1113 and 1150. It is surrounded by a moat 570 feet wide and about four miles long. The mass of bas-relief carving is of the highest quality and the most beautifully executed in Angkor.

Entrance
The main entrance of Angkor Wat surrounded with a long wall and alot of trees. Is a very huge place. Walking towards entrance to go in. The is surrounded with a river too. The tour guide said that last time inside the river have alot of piranah as a security protection but now all scope up by human. First glance of this area make me feel like going through a live National Geographic documentary show :)

Left view of the surrounding
Right view of the area surrounding Angkor Wat.

Right view - Under maintenace
Left view of the area. Some of the are still under maintenace.

Very long wall
Up close this is how does the wall looks like. This is the back view of the very long wall.

Ruin Temple
There's few ruin temples like this build beside the Angkor Wat. I have check inside and too bad it's empty.

Magnificent Angkor Wat
After walking further in. At last i saw the Angkor Wat main building. It was very beautiful.

Buddhist Temple
A modernize buddisht temple by the side.

Angkor Wat Building Entrance
Going closer to Angkor Wat. This is one of the entrance to go into Angkor Wat

Front view of the Hallway
From the entrance we will pass through this hallway.

Hallway
Walking along the hallway. Going into the inner part of the building.

This where some major problem started to occur. Oh no!!! The camera is having low batt. Not a very good thing for me. At this time couldn't take much photo. Need to conserve batt coz still got alot of place still haven't visit :S. So will be using my camera phone to snap some picture too.

Ancient Swimming Pool
One of the swimming pool inside Angkor Wat.

Camera Phone - Whole view of swimming pool
This is the surrounding view of the swimming pool. Look very nice and big.

Sanskrit Writting
Some Sanskrit writting on the pillar. Err.. sorry dunno what it said.

Upper level of Angkor Wat
This is the view from the top. Climb up few stair case and a very narrow stair case to went up to the upper level of Angkor Wat.

Camera Phone - Walking back to the entrance
Walking back to the main entrance.

Camera Phone - Last glance at Angkor Wat
Last glance at the main building while walking back to the entrance.


Stay tune. More to come or mode re- editing ;p.

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