Cambodia Angkor Wat [Day 2_Beng Mealea Temple, early sites Roluos(Bakong), Lake Tonle Sap_With Mengcho)] (8)

The second day of the Angkor Wat (Siem Reap) trip with the Mengcho

Following the first journey of Siem reap in Cambodia(https://kmomsrecipe.com/2023/08/12/angkor-wat/)

On the second day, the original first schedule was to watch the Mangroves forest while watching the Tonle Sap floating houses early in the morning.

However, in July 2023, there was no water in the Mangroves forest due to the long drought, so the I changed the schedule. So I visited to see historical sites on my first journey.

The schedule of this day: 1. Beng Mealea Temple -> 2. early sites Roluos(Bakong) -> 3. Lake Tonle Sap(including watching the sunset)

The Beng Mealea Temple

The Beng Mealea Temple where I visited was the most touching of all Cambodia’s historical sites♥.

The temple was built during the early 12th century and layout resembles that of Angkor Wat. But it has been left largely unrestored, giving visitors a unique opportunity to experience a “lost temple” atmosphere.

I couldn’t forget the feeling of being in a serene ancient sacred place. My guide(Mengcho) said that this place is not much different from other sites, so if this temple is repaired, tourists will not come.

I also agreed his opinion. The Beng Mealea Temple was beautiful to have collapsed and become one with nature.

If I live in Siem reap, I will visit the temple everyday. My pictures did’t capture the real feeling of the temple site at all.

The Beng Mealea Temple_Angkor Wat(Siem Reap)
The Beng Mealea Temple_Angkor Wat

Early sites Roluos Group(Bakong)_Angkor Wat(Siem Reap)

The “Rolous Group” refers to a collection of ancient temple complexes located near Siem Reap, Cambodia, which are among the earliest temples built during the Khmer Empire.

The Rolous Group includes three main temple complexes(Bakong, Lolei, and Preah Ko). These temples were constructed during the 9th century and represent the beginning of the Khmer Empire’s architectural and religious achievements.

Among the 3 temples, I have been to one temple(Bakong).

Bakong Temple_Angkor Wat(Siem Reap)
Bakong Temple_Angkor Wat

Lake Tonle Sap(including watching the sunset)_Siem Reap

Boat prices on the lake vary depending on the size of the boat. It’s 28$ for up to 5 people, 38$ for 6 to 8 people, 70$ for 9 to 14 people, etc. My family(5 people) boarded a small boat for 28$.

Lake Tonle Sap is the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. It’s known for its unique seasonal fluctuations in water levels and its floating villages.

Lake Tonle Sap_Siem Reap
Lake Tonle Sap_Siem Reap

Floating Villages_Lake Tonle Sap (Siem Reap)

One of the most iconic aspects of Lake Tonle Sap is its floating villages. These are communities built on stilts and rafts that rise and fall with the lake’s water levels.

Floating Villages on the Lake Tonle Sap
Floating Villages

Sunset Viewing_Lake Tonle Sap (Siem Reap)

Watching the sunset over Lake Tonle Sap was a serene and memorable experience.

The expansive water surface, along with the floating houses and boats, creates a picturesque scene as the sun sets behind the horizon.

And as the sun descends, the tranquil waters reflect the changing colors of the sky, creating a mesmerizing scene.

 

Floating Restaurants_Lake Tonle Sap (Siem Reap)

I could watch the sunset over the water at floating restaurants. They was buying souvenirs and  drinks.

And there were crocodiles, so I was able to see them. But they looked very pitiful because the crocodiles were starving because it was not being fed due to the decrease in the price of the crocodile.

Sunset Viewing_Lake Tonle Sap
Sunset Viewing_Lake Tonle Sap

At that time, a few strange things happened there. 

First, when I got off the boat, some children suddenly appeared and held my hand. And they asked for a tip. So I was embarrassed.

And second weird thing, before I took a boat, there were children who suddenly took pictures with their cellphones without sincerity.

After that, they asked me to buy a plate with pictures on it(a picture above), when i got off the boat. 

At there, I bought it for 5$ per 1 plate. Because I was worry that they have to throw away the plate if I didn’t buy it.

However later I realized that the photo was not printed on the plate, it is pasted paper.

It was a touching trip to the sunset that day, but it was a very hectic day with strange things at the marina.

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