Siem Reap – Part 2

On the 2nd days in Siem Reap, we started as early as 4am in the morning. We left our guest house somewhere around 4.40am and reached at the Angkor Archeological Park ticket counter sharp at 5.00am. The ticket counter open exactly at 5.00am and all the staff are getting ready for the big crowd. Ya, its sunrise time! Things not to be missed when you are at Siem Reap! Passes are sold at the price of USD 20 (for 1 day), USD 40 (for 3 days) and USD 60 (for 7 days). We bought the 1 day pass since we gonna departed to Phnom Penh on the next day. Always carry your pass around and it will be checked upon each park entry and all the major temples. The passes are printed with our photo on which has been taken immediately during the passes purchase. Smile! You’re on camera. We only managed to cover only the major temples as mentioned by other bloggers and forumers due to the tight schedule and budget constraints. You can always choose to ride a bicycle in the Angkor park, but it’s way toooo big for me! Mau kejang otot dibuatnya nanti. Hehehe.

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Our first location of the day is Angkor Wat. Yes! To witness the sunrise. As mentioned by our Tuk Tuk driver Nasir, on last 21st March the sun rise exactly on the main tower and it was such a breathtaking moment for him. This is something that he couldn’t forget for the rest of his life.

The entrance of Angkor Wat.
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He reminded us a few times that the best spot to watch the sunrise is at the northern reflecting pool just in front of the temple. Once you entered, you can see the whole crowds there. The sun will rise just behind the Angkor Wat giving the effect of an silhouette. We spent about 2 and 1/2 hours there just to witness the sunrise and to walk around the temple. Angkor wat is the centrepiece of any visit to the temples of Angkor. The walls are covered with the finest Apsara carvings in the Angkorian era.

The sunrise.
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Inside of the Angkor Wat
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On the way out to the entrance again.
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Oh ya, you can have your breakfast here as well. We brought our breakfast with us this time, kuih given by our Tuk Tuk driver. Sedap gile! Don’t even know how to describe it. A lil bit sweet but i definitely love the texture. Baik betul hati Nasir tolong bekalkan kuih nie.

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We spent almost 2 and 1/2 hours here. Its time to get to another temples! But wait, the view outside are awesome!
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This is the typical view that you can see in the Angkor Archeological Park. The place is super clean! If we’re not mistaken, there are Angkor Wat Marathon conducted every year. Ramai juga Malaysian yang join in. Everytime we passed by the area, we definitely impressed on how Fatt (backpackerbusuk.blogspot.com) rode her bike here! Tabik gile lar!
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Later, you’ll reached the Angkor Thom. There are 5 entrances (gates) to the city. South gate is commonly the first stop of a tour. It’s a 3km walled and as mentioned by Nasir,it’s the last capital during the Angkorian era. During the visit, you can see a lots of the statues are currently in restoration process.

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We then headed to Bayon. This is our 1st pit stop after the South Gate. We reached here somewhere around 9am with empty stomach. Apa lagi, we had our pre-packed breakfast (packed by our hotel, Neng from Surabaya) before we started exploring Bayon. Makasih Neng! Sedap Bangat! Bayon in overall was seriously tore down especially at the internal area. Currently, it’s under restoration funded by Japan.

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Next are the Terrace of the Elephant, the 2 1/2 metre long carved with elephant and garudas.
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Terrace of the Leper King is just next to Terrace of the elephant.
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We then moved to Victory Gate where all the statue heads had been cut down. Kindly do some research why all the statue are without heads here. We only received verbal explanation from Nasir but he reminded us several times that it’s just an assumption made by local. This is another gate of Angkor Thom besides north, south, east and west gate. victory gate will lead you to the Royal Palace area.
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Later, you’ll passed by Spean Thma where it’s a stone bridge and it sits just to the side of the river. Next will be Ta Keo where Nasir explained that it once called as an unfinished temple by local since there are no carving shown on the walls. It’s plainly decorated and it has stopped several times during the construction due to excessive lightning. No photo were taken here. We just passed by via our Tuk Tuk.

The next highlight of the Angkor Park will definitely the Ta Prohm. Ta Prohm is the set of the famous movie Tomb Rider starring Angelina Jolie. This temple was actually dedicated by Jayavarman VII’s to his mother. During the ancient history,it’s believe that this place host about 3000 villagers, thousand of staff, a place that they store jewels and golds. The best fact is that, Nasir mentioned that in the past 2 weeks, the restoration workers had found a crown during the excavation works. The whole process of restoration works is now funded by the India.

Passes checked again!
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Welcome
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Restoration works in progress at Ta Promph temple. Currently, the whole process of restoration works is now funded by the Government of India. See how they need to arrange the whole stone again.
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The temple with all the big trees!
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We completed the whole trip in Angkor Archeological Park in 7 hours time. Oh ya, with our official footwear on, Crocs! Hahaha.
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Simply us,
Zara AB & FF
The Province of Chroma

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Yogja Trip – Part 1

Salam everyone,

I’ve booked the flight tickets way back in November’2011 during the Air Asia promotion. Made immediate decision to Yogja and Solo (from 3 – 6th June 2011) since some of the family members was there last year and they give such a good review on Yogja. Initial plan is to travel to Yogja only. But after being persuaded by the Supir, we then decided to do a day trip to Solo as well. Solo is just 1 and ½ hours away from Yogja by car. I started the day with the earliest flight, 7.ooam and reached Yogja 8.35am local time.

I’ve come up with my own itinerary throughout the trip. So, it will be very easy for us as well as for the Supir to plan on the journey. The traffic in Yogja is similar with what we have in KL.

Right after settling with the local custom at Adisupcipto Airport (by the way, I would say that all the custom is way too friendly especially to ladies); we rushed to the arrival hall to look after our supir. As promised by Mas Tri (the person that I liaise via yahoo messenger and facebook), he will be waiting for us. Unfortunately, I saw someone holding a paper with my name on but he doesn’t look any same like Mas Tri. He introduced himself as Mas Sulis and he did explain to us that Mas Tri is hosting some other Malaysian tourist as well. Yogja is packed with Malaysian since its school holiday. We are ok with that as long as he is capable to bring us around town.

We started the day by heading to our hotel, Hotel Jentra Yogyakarta. New boutique hotel situated at Jalan Dagen close to Malioboro. We purposely choose to stay in Malioboro since it will be easy for us to shop and eat around. We knew that we couldn’t check in since its just 10.00am but we just wanted to confirm with them so that our booking is still on. We managed to check in just after we completed the whole day tour with Mas Sulis.

We then headed to Candi Borobudur. It took us about 1 ½ hour drive to get there. Mas Sulis has purchased the tickets earlier with a lil bit of discount. Thanks to him! Pakai orang dalam nie. Hehe. Please be reminded that international tourist should not buy local ticket since there are having 2 different entrances which is local and international tourist entrance and they are having such tight security. Tak pasal-pasal kena tangkap nanti. As mentioned by the girls at the counter, started from May this year, all tourists should wear sarongs on (something similar to Bali when you entered their holy area). The staff there will tie up the sarongs for us once you handed out the ticket to them. But, what make us feel so awkward is that, in hundred of peoples there, it seems that there’s only us wearing the sarongs.

We were there somewhere around lunch time and it was super hot up there! Some sections were closed due to ongoing conservation works. And to climb up to the highest level was super tiring! With such a steep stair.

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This is my first meal here in Yogja – Nasi putih, rawon and Teh Sosro. Awesome!

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We then headed ourselves to Candi Prambanan. This is quite near to the town and it’s just the same road to the airport. On the way there, we passed by the biggest salak fruit farm in town but we didn’t make any stop since it can be viewed from the car. And there are small kiosk selling all this salak fruits along the way and it’s damn cheap!

We did pass Kawasan Sleman area as well. This is one of the most affected areas due to the latest eruption of Mount Merapi. If you were there, you will then know how they felt. There are traffic obstructions along the way since one of the main bridges there collapsed and still under repair. We have been told by Mas Sulis that previously, the main road was covered with almost 2 – 3 inch ashes and stones.

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We then reached Candi Prambanan somewhere at 3pm. Start the afternoon walk with enough drinking water on. This is more tiring since we have to make a big turn to complete the whole area. The main entrance is located at one end and the exit is located at another end. Memang betul-betul exercise the whole day. I would say that Borobodur is much better than Prambanan since the place was well maintained, well managed and clean.

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Hubby, Mas Sulis and Haslan at the Prambanan entrance. Pekena tea dulu!
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If you wanted to get some souvenirs for your family and friends, this is the place. You can get 12-14 fridge magnets with the price of IDR 50K, key chain for IDR 3.5K each and etc. But, we make a very big mistake since we thought that we can get some better offer in Malioboro. Our bad!

Completed the walk around 5.30 pm and its almost dark. Headed to nearby restaurant for early dinner treat. We cancelled our trip to Parangtritis Beach since it would take another 45 minutes journey there. Fully exhausted and we decided to check in to the hotel. Unfortunately, Mas Sulis keep insist to bring us around Yogja town maybe because he promised that he will bring us around within 12 hours times. So, he brought us to the Kraton area to buy original Dagadu shirt like Djodjaholic, Jogker Dagadu and others. It’s different from the one in Malioboro Street compared to this outlet.

We wrapped up the whole journey somewhere at 7.30pm. 2nd day – Solo Trip!

Simply me,
Zara~AB
The Province of Chroma