Keriann O’Rourke – Tour Guide… at your service!
As many of my friends will attest… I love to plan a holiday. My parent’s holiday to SE Asia is no exception. There is nothing I love more than to scour through websites, compare rates, research unique things to do off the beaten path, and check traveller ratings and recommendations – all in the name of having the ultimate holiday.
And I think that I have created what will be the perfect Asian Anniversary Adventure for my parents.
First Stop: Singapore (I’ve already given the update of what we will be doing in Singapore when they first arrive in the blog titled “Excited? You Betcha!). We will try to fit in as much as we can in this short amount of time.
Second Stop: Siem Reap Cambodia
We arrive in on Sunday late afternoon and will be checking into the Mulberry Boutique Hotel. I’ve never stayed here but they had great reviews so I am very much looking forward to our stay there. Right in the heart of Siem Reap only a short walk to the market and to Pub Street (a strategic location for Gwen, Pat and myself I must say!)
We have arranged the following day to go and check out the temples. This is a pretty full day of sightseeing, but it is worth spending the day checking out all of the amazing temples of Angkor. The temples are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The complex is massive (stretching over some 400 km2) and we won’t be able to see every single temple in one day but we will be seeing all of the main ones. The complex are the remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire, from the 9th to the 15th century. I like to call them the ‘pyramids of Asia’ because they are simply awe inspiring when you go to see them much like the pyramids must be like. When you stand back and consider how on earth they were build with primitive tools – it really blows your mind.
Our second day in Siem Reap we will be heading off to Tonle Sap with the rest of the group of teachers. Tonle Sap is South East Asia’s largest body of water. It is made up of a network of rivers and lakes. It is usually quite small, but during the rainy season it can grow drastically (approximately 6 times it normal levels!). There are various floating villages along the lake and it is very interesting to see the homes of those who live along this waterway. The flow of the river changes twice a year as well.
And those are only our first two days in Cambodia! Later on during the second day, we will be taking a flight down to Phnom Penh (Cambodia’s capital city) to start our next leg of our adventures. More to come about what we are doing there very soon!
I am looking forward to us capturing our own photos and posting them on here for you to enjoy too and sharing in our experiences.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but going and seeing this all in real-life is absolutely priceless.