SIEM REAP: Home of Angkor Wat.

Posted by on Jan 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Siem Reap – Jan. 7th.-11th. 2015

Siem Reap is a smaller city of 174,000 people, but it packs a concentrated punch of historic monuments, restaurants, attractions, and entertainment. In 2014, Siem Reap was ranked as the world’s fourth best city for tourists by TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards which lives up to this accolade.

The lighting in town after sunset is just so festive and the mood so upbeat that you can’t help but get into the spirit of things on any given night of the week. The sheer volume of well executed souvenirs is astounding. I even succumbed to temptation which is not something I can afford to do since I am carrying all of my belongings around on my back, but the carved Buddha head bracelet was irresistible.

Great restaurants, live music and street food abound, and a nice dinner can be had anywhere from 3-10 dollars. Tuk-tuks will take you across the city for a dollar if you don’t feel like walking back to your hotel. I found a choice little boutique hotel in town for $40 a night including breakfast. It was worth the extra money to be in town, and the warm staff at Villa Medamrei has been extremely accommodating to the point of inspiring me to write my first TripAdvisor review.

Angkor Wat, the big draw, suffered a good deal of damage from the Khmer Rouge. Most of the Buddha statues were beheaded or sold off. Much like Versailles in France, it was gutted by a revolution which led a few of us to enjoy some of the other Wats in the area as much if not more.


The Buddha – Angkor Wat


 Angkor Wat – Siem Reap


Travel Zealot and Cambodian plays Buddha


 Angkor Thom – Cambodia


 Baphuon Temple


 Reclining Buddha



Brad Victorius


Brad & Ash – My first friends on the road who recommended I visit Sapa in Vietnam.


Mountaintop sunset at the final Wat of the day. A good way to say goodbye to Siem Reap.


  1. BigD
    January 17, 2015

    Hey John,

    Great picture of you and the 3 woman, You could even pass as a kind of Buddha with your head clean shaven and dressed in all white.

  2. BearCoon
    January 19, 2015

    I am almost certain I have seen that temple in a movie somewhere.

  3. The Travel Zealot
    January 21, 2015

    Angkor Wat is featured in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. Admittedly the photo is not mine since the light was pretty bad the morning I toured it. I have been having a hard time keeping up with comments due to lack of Wi-Fi, and my own attempt at a feature, “The Travel Zealot and the Toilet of Doom”.

  4. The Travel Zealot
    January 21, 2015

    The look is easy, the philosophy not so much. Life on the road is a constant test of one’s spiritual grounding. After a particularly unpleasant bout with travelers D, I became far more understanding of your oyster incident. It may be worth checking some of these threads again as I may add additional photos and text. I’m still feeling all of this out.

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