Sunday, September 18, 2016

A Treasure Trove Of All Things Khmer...



A short 10 minute walk from the Grand Hotel d'Angkor brought us to the Angkor National Museum...


The museum's architecture was quite interesting and nice...


The museum is a treasure trove of relics from the Siem Reap area, which had survived the wars and the illicit trade in antiques...


A sleeping Buddha...


Statues of Buddha in different styles...





An Angkorian impression of the Hindu Goddess Durga...



The Angkorian interpretation of the Hindu trinity of Gods...




A section of a roof from one of the buildings at Angkor Thom...



A model of Angkor Wat...




Peace!


Angkorian artifacts...




Colonial Grandeur Or Poor Cousin?

Walking around Siem Reap, we came across the Grand Hotel d'Angkor - a quick Google search as we walked told us that this was a Raffles property and has a lovely high tea menu. And our thoughts went back to our visits to the Tiffin Room at Singapore's marquee Raffles Hotel, in August 2014 and again in February 2015!



On a whim we decided to walk in and enjoy the high tea here...


Ahhh... lovely memories our visit to E&O in Penang came flashing back...





Our table is laid out...



I found the tablecloth quite nice...


And here it is...


The stuff paled in comparison to the Tiffin Room in Singapore, which is impeccable! And worst of all, the service was woefully indifferent...


But the decor of the hotel was amazing...

The Grand Hotel d'Angkor was constructed in the French Colonial style that was popular in the early 20th century. It opened its doors to guests in 1932. The hotel is located in a veritable green paradise with 15 acres of gardens, including a garden that provides fruits, vegetables and herbs for use in the kitchen. And from what we gathered they do cooking classes here!


The lobby elevator is made of wood and features ornate wrought iron doors...


And there we go - our next stop, the Angkor National Museum...

Hopping Around Siem Reap... Part II







Later today, we will fly out of Siem Reap and head back to Songdo. And before head back into the hectic pace of work, we wanted to relax, so we had another lazy morning before heading out into the city at around noon...


A beautiful statue outside a palatial house...



That's quite a nicely designed ATM...


Buddhas in fluorescent colours...


Chintamani becomes Shinta Mani here...


Indian and Hindu influences in Cambodia are very visible, sometimes in the names, but more specifically in the cultural and religious traditions. The locals practice a hybrid of Hinduism and Buddhism and the priests speak in a localised version of Sanskrit!


And we noticed something interesting - this restauirant has an Apsara dance show in the evening. We have booked our tickets to watch the show before we head to the airport...

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Hopping Around Siem Reap...

After a restful morning and an afternoon excursion to Phnom Bakheng, we decided to hop around Siem Reap's famed markets...


Souvenir shopping at the night market and we came across this fascinating artwork on Angkor Wat...


Stopping for a tea break - there's nothing better than sipping on piping hot English Breakfast tea, while listening to the rain pitter patter...


And when the downpor stopped, we headed to the Siam Reap Night Market...


Trinkets and beads - all the stuff that fascinates the fairer sex...



Buddhas...


And guess what, we made our way to a South Indian restaurant...


Vannakam India, well it should be Vannakam Siem Reap, right?


And the good stuff comes - there's nothing that beats a crunchy vada!


And steaming hot idlis!


We are freaking out today - masala dosa!


Uthapam! We are so full, will someone carry us back to our hotel now?

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