Cambodia, Day 2.2: Siem Reap (Temple Hopping at Angkor) + Vlog

Continuation from Cambodia, Day 2.1: Siem Reap (Temple Hopping at Angkor)

With stomachs full, Thea brought us for our complimentary massage. To be honest, I've never been to a massage place for a body massage. All these while, the massages I've got are foot massages and body massages were strictly at home by Mak. I was apprehensive but as long as I get a room with Jhon, I would be fine. I didn't catch the name of the first massage and spa. All I knew the one we're supposed to visit but its electricity was down. So we were brought to another place nearby.

S.O. Angkor Khmer Massage and Spa looked normal outside but when we were ushered to a room, our internal alarms were ringing. The room had a high ceiling and on the floor were 3 mattresses with pillows. We were given loose shorts and shirts to wear for the massage. I mean, look at Jhon. He looked like he was locked in jail. haha

Despite of the ambience and being dodgy looking. I got to say, we had the BEST massage ever! I had requested for a foot massage but the lady also gave me a shoulder massage. Jhon even had a head massage. For a first timer, it was truly weird to be placed in funny positions or even been massaged in a unconventional way but it felt so good!

Feeling refreshed, we headed to Angkor Wat also known as the city of temples, the largest religious monument in the world. It was initially a Hindu temple for God Vishnu but was gradually transformed into a Buddhist temple. Angkor Wat is also the best preserved in the area which means what you see is almost exactly how it was when it was built.

They believe this plate is exactly where the middle of the earth is.

Phnon Bakheng is located on top of a hill. Getting to the Hindu/Buddhist temple was quite a climb but it depends on individual's stamina. This temple is popular spot to catch Cambodia's sunsets amongst the beautiful temples.

Unfortunately for us, it has been a cloudy day. I mean, it was good for trekking but for sunsets, it wasn't helpful. We were actually debating if it would be worth waiting for the clouds to pass but the sky was completely blanketed by clouds. It was a disappointment because I was truly looking forward to experience Cambodia's beautiful sunset again. We simply explored the temple, took our breaths and headed back down.

Up next, we made a quick visit to Artisan d'Angkor. We were supposed to visit them on the first day but since time didn't permit, it was moved to second day. Artisan d' Angkor main aim was to revive Khmer's ancient arts and crafts. Not only that, they also provide welfare and education to those interested. We get to go through their entire workshops on every category, from painting, restoring, silk-making, stone & wood carving and much more.

Not part of the itinerary but Thea took us to Old Market (Psar Chas) for souvenir shopping which I greatly appreciated. I know I said I am not a shopaholic but I do shop, okay? I've been eyeing to buy Cambodia's pants because Jhon bought for me the last time he went there and I love it.

Everything was dirt cheap and yes, I went crazy for a while. There are several restaurants too but we already had our reserved spot in a another restaurant.

Which brings us to Viroths Restaurant. This restaurant is probably the most fancy one we had been to in Cambodia. Not only that, the food were on point! Cambodia love their barramundi or least the ones we were served are always that fish and I wasn't mad. They just introduced me to a new favourite fish. Just in case you are wondering, throughout the entire trip, we only requested only vegetables, fish and/or eggs.

Lastly, we ended our day with Rosanna Broadway Show. To be honest, we were not having high hopes on it. Not because we don't like drag queens or anything like that. I'm a big fan of Ru Paul's Drag Race and slowly pulling Jhon in. It's just that it wasn't the main thing we were looking for in Cambodia. Just like the traditional dance we watched on day 1, Thea did told us that we could leave early if we wanted to.

It did crossed our minds mainly because we were exhausted from all that walking, trekking, climbing the whole day under the sun. Little did we know, it was actually the best drag show we ever watched! Everyone was expectedly gorgeous, funny and entertaining! We watched the entire show with complete satisfaction.

It was nice to end the day with laughter and a satisfied belly. Even more so to a warm bathtub and lavish bed.

Here's a quick vlog of our day 2 in Cambodia!


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