Every travel itinerary in Cambodia must, by all means, contain Siem Reap and the amazing Temples of Angkor. It is yet another UNESCO protected area and for some the most impressive and memorable of all Southeast Asia’s ancient sites. You can tell by the intro that our hopes and expectations were really high regarding this adventure 🙂 We did not even bother ourselves with the typical budget minded question of buying a one day – 37$, 3 day – 62$ and 7 day- $72 pass. We wanted to see it all and spent as much time as possible in this place but did not have quote as much time as a whole week.
Adventure! Why visit Angkor
Well there is many reasons but to us main ones are:
Bucket list experience – who does not have it on their list?
Experience a very magical and spectacular sunrise with most iconic ancient skyline – lotus lake to the front of Angkor Wat is the place to be
It’s home to impressive architecture, some dating as far back as 12th century
It’s a UNESCO World Heritage site – and rightly so as it represents an important part of Khmer Empire history
It’s got some amazing art – you can find almost 2,000 carvings of apsara – celestial female spirits – on its walls, alongside other detailed etchings of Hindu and Buddhist myths. Play an explorer and try to find them all.
It’s easy to get off the beaten track – the whole complex is located on 163 hectares (1,626,000 m2; 402 acres) of land. You can cycle around for days and still find new places of interest.
It will leave you amazed and thinking about it for years.
We were not incredibly excited about visiting Copacabana but we had to pass through this highly touristy place to get to the amazing Isla del Sol by Lake Titicaca. We have to admit, we underestimated this little town a lot, although we were lucky to be in the right place at the right time. We arrived in the afternoon and it was already too late for a boat to the island. We could not even be bothered with looking for accommodation and we took a room in a very reasonably priced Hotel Colonial just because it was next to the bus stop. We took a stroll around the main road filled with restaurants, bars and souvenir stalls and decided it was not our cup of tea and we could definitely not make it our exploration base when in the area.
We were lucky though, as the day we arrived there was a local event in town. It was not so much a festival but a celebration of the Saint who is the holly patron/protector of Bolivian Police. Every year on this occasion Police force from all over Bolivia gather their best musicians and dancers and make huge parade around Copacabana. Wow, it was quite something. Initially we did not know what their agenda was and thought we missed the main thing in the morning but they were just getting started.
Whenever we get asked about favourite experiences from our travels the fabulous Trans-Siberian comes up. Like always!
There is something about this iconic train journey that makes people dream about distant, exotic places, packing their bags and never looking back. Of course in reality it doesn’t happen exactly that way as when you finish the train journey you simply go home or move to another place of interest, in our case it was the rest of our round the world trip.
We knew it was going to be long and we knew it was going to be epic. And it did not fail to amaze us all the way. Of course, there are some practicalities you have to take care of such as research, bookings (if you are a control freak type of traveler) and making plans where to stop and go, but after that it is just a journey and you.
So here it is the TOP things, we think you should know about the Trans-Siberian to help you make up your mind: