Travel | Siem Reap: Beng Mealea & Angkor Thom
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Travel | Siem Reap – Beng Mealea & Angkor Thom Temples

Day 3

For this day it will be a long journey because Beng Mealea is actually 2 hours away from the town, so we shall keep our itinerary as lightweight as possible. Imagine sitting a tuk-tuk for 2 hours. It’s super tiring and I would not recommend you to visit here unless you got a better transportation other than tuk-tuk. Of course, all itinerary listed below are true and it is for reference only. 

Itinerary – Day 3

Beng Mealea
Angkor Thom Distirct
(i) Bayon Temple – Recommended
(ii) Baphuon Temple
(iii) Terrace of the Elephants

Beng Mealea

I actually insisted to visit Beng Mealea because I’ve seen quite a lot of positive feedback and recommendations to include this in the itinerary. However they did not share their transportation method, making me not realize that it’s actually very tiring to sit in a tuk-tuk on a very sunny day. Also, visiting here required additional 5USD entrance fee. 

Travel | Siem Reap: Beng Mealea

Just to let you know, Siem Reap does not have many trees in the city and in the rurals area, but temples you do find trees like here. Visiting Beng Mealea is indeed cooler compared to Angkor Wat. We somehow also get to see cows roaming around the temple area. I am actually very surprised as it’s very rare to encounter animals in the rural areas but here. 

I felt that the main attraction in Beng Mealea is all these toppled temples are all around this area. Yes I am tempted to climb up as well,  but due to safety issue and preserve it’s historical value, you can’t do whatever you want here. I had lunch just outside of the temple after exploring for about an hour here. 

Travel | Siem Reap: Beng Mealea
Travel | Siem Reap: Beng Mealea
Travel | Siem Reap: Beng Mealea
Travel | Siem Reap: Beng Mealea

Angkor Thom District

Angkor Thom is like a big castle and there are about 5 temples gathered in this area, which are all walking distance from each other. So our Tuk-Tuk driver just drop us at our first temple and just allow us to walk around freely in our pace. I think we took 2 hours to explore some of the major temples.  

(I) Bayon Temple

First trip is to visit the iconic Temple with a human face on it! It got me really excited because this is the most iconic temple I ever seen in my whole trip! It’s not looking from far, I can be at the upper floors to be this close with the face there! Describing this feeling is hard because never will I know that a temple visitation could be so much fun and surprises. Each of the face there are all different from each other. 

Travel | Siem Reap: Angkor Thom Bayon Temple
Travel | Siem Reap: Angkor Thom Bayon Temple
Travel | Siem Reap: Angkor Thom Bayon Temple

(II) Baphuon Temple

Baphuon Temple is a very tall temple which triggers my fear of height. However, do you know the stairs to heaven is actually in this temple? Also, at the west side of Baphuon Temple, you get to see a sleeping Buddha silhouette at the wall! Both attarctions really bring out the aesthetics vibes of this temple.

Travel | Siem Reap: Angkor Thom Baphuon Temple
Travel | Siem Reap: Angkor Thom Baphuon Temple
Travel | Siem Reap: Angkor Thom Baphuon Temple

(III) Terrace of the Elephants

After Baphuon, there is a route connected to the Terrace of Elephants. This isn’t a temple, but more of a display wall decor, or it was meant to be an old wall for a temple. If you were to see clearly, there’s silhouette of elephants behind me. I wonder how could they preserve or duplicate any of these stone carvings until now. Behind the wall, there’s a good piece of land for a aesthetic photo! 

 

Travel | Siem Reap: Angkor Thom Terrace of the Elephants
Travel | Siem Reap: Angkor Thom Terrace of the Elephants
Travel | Siem Reap: Angkor Thom Terrace of the Elephants
Travel | Siem Reap: Angkor Thom Terrace of the Elephants

(IV) Terrace of the Leper King

Just beside the Elephant Terrace, there’s another terrace is connected to it. The Leper King gave me a creepy chills because all these small carvings surround you and it wasn’t spacious. I got very anxious entering this maze-like terrace. I really do not want to touch any of it nor lean on it. I slightly keep my pace up to leave this terrace and head back to my Tuk-Tuk to search for dinner! 

Travel | Siem Reap: Angkor Thom Terrace of the Leper King
Travel | Siem Reap: Angkor Thom Terrace of the Leper King

Dinner – Genevieve’s Restaurant

Heading to this Genevieve’s restaurant is actually quite a distance from Angkor Area. However, we get to explore that there are actually a lot of huge restaurants in town. I would really want to visit Siem Reap again and just chill in the town area for beer and more cheap beer! 

Genevieve’s Restaurant has high ratings in Google, and the environment was great and has this tropical vibes in it. the meal was around 7USD per portion & Sides would be about 3USD. Since its my last day here, I wouldn’t mind enjoying places other than Pub street. After meal I rushed back to my hotel and get a nice sleep. I’ve been making my body to sweat and exercise to an extreme level already! 

Travel | Siem Reap: Genevieve's Restaurant
Travel | Siem Reap: Genevieve's Restaurant
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