Phumi Spean Angkor
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About Phumi Spean Angkor
Price: 2 $
Traveling time: 1 hoursPrice: for 2 days (at my 2nd hostel it was free to use the bike). Time: from Earthwalkers it's about 45 minutes, from Siem Reap Hostel it's around 30 minutes to the first temple.
Tips & Tricks
- If you want to see everything, get a 7-day pass for $60. 1 Day: $20, 3-day: $40.
- You'll need about 3 liters of water to cope with the heat while cycling all day.
Things to see
Dating from the 12th to 13th century during the reign of Jayavarman VII. It is also known as 'Citadel of Monks'. It looks similar to Ta Promh, but it is smaller. Nature is still running it's course in this one.
Across from Banteay Kdei lies this big pool. It was the Royal bathing pool and is 300 meters wide and 700 meters long. It was dug out in the 10th century, under the reign of Rajendraverman. Jayavarman VII made it more beautiful with stone steps. Besides Angkor Wat this is a nice place to watch the sunset.
One of my favorites. This one is located 4 km outside the Grand Tour, so not many people go here. It was build in the early 12th century under the reigns of Suryavarman II and Yasovarman II. It is build in the same style as Angkor Wat. By the looks of it, I think this used to be surrounded by water. Imagining it in my head made this temple even more beautiful.
Build in the 12th century for Jayavarman VII. It's said this was the centre of a huge organization with over 100.000 officials and servants. This one looks very similar to the famous Ta Prohm temple. They haven't restored it yet after nature took its course with this one.
steep stairs. don't be afraid of heights.
One of the most famous temples. Both 'Tomb Raider' and 'Indiana Jones' were filmed here, as well as the movie 'Two Brothers'. Because of that this is one of the most touristic ones as well. They are restoring it, re-enforcing it to deal with the flood of people, and the famous trees overgrowing the temple are fenced off with ropes.
This one just looks like a pile of rocks, pieces scattered all over the place. They took it apart, but lost the logbook and were unable to put it back together again. They're still trying. There is somewhat of a temple. On the back you can see a face, if you look closely. This used to be a really big lying buddha.
Another one of my favorites. Bayon is the center of the walled city of Angkor Thom. Jayavarman II build it. It has 216 faces.
Somewhat disappointing, because this is the one you always hear about. When I was there they were renovating. Half of it had scaffolding, the inner sanctuary was closed and the famous bas-relief 'Churning of the Sea of Milk' was off-limits as well. That said, it is still very impressive! Suryavarman II
The sunrise over Angkor Wat is supposedly very nice. I've seen pictures made by backpackers with dramatic purples, pinks and bright oranges and reds. Unfortunately for me the sun decided to just pop up without any wild colors the day I sat there early in the morning. It was still pretty nice, so I do recommend it. You never know what you'll get! Beware of the many, many mosquitos! So bring a repellent.
It's cheap (most of the time even for free!), it is good to get some exercise, the roads are very good and yes, it's also very, very hot! But if you want to be cheap, this is the best option. I really enjoyed it! Take a lot of water with you! The Grand Tour is 26 km long and the little one around 13. Don't forget; the temples are located about 6 km outside of town... You'll easily cycle 40 km a day.