Angkor Wat Photo Tour and Breakfast at Amansara’s Khmer Village House

Angkor Wat at Night Under Starry Sky

 

This Angkor Wat Photo Tour and Breakfast at Amansara's Khmer Village House is part of a trip report on Siem Reap, Cambodia, including Asiana First Class and luxury resorts and dining in northern Thailand.

For the previous posts in this trip report please see:

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Review: Asiana First Class Suite NYC JFK to Seoul ICN

Park Hyatt Seoul Review

Review: Cornerstone Restaurant, Park Hyatt Seoul

Lounge Review: Asiana Business Class Lounge Seoul Incheon

Asiana Business Class A330 Review

Review: Novotel Bangkok Airport Hotel Suite

Review: Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp and Resort

Anantara Golden Triangle Sala Mae Nam Restaurant Review and Menu

Mahout Experience at Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp

Dining By Design at Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp

Hotel Review: Park Hyatt Siem Reap

Beng Mealea Jungle Temple Photo Tour, Siem Reap Cambodia

Touich Restaurant Siem Reap Menu and Review

Amansara Siem Reap Review

Ta Prohm and Preah Khan Temple Photo Tour, Siem Reap

 

How to Tour Angkor Wat While Avoiding the Crowds

There are a couple secrets to visiting Angkor Wat while avoiding the crowds. One is to get a *very* early start: for us, this meant departing Amansara at 4:30am. Due to how early we left, we decided to request a babysitter for our son, so that he could get extra sleep and not be exhausted later that day. The night before, we pretty much went to sleep at the time he did, which worked out.

The second tip is to stay at Amansara so that you have access to one of the best guides and can access the temple from the East. Unusually for Angkor temples, Angkor Wat's main entrance is oriented toward the West, symbolizing with the setting sun its intended use as a burial place and funerary temple for King Suryavarman II. So the Western main entrance is where the hordes of tourist groups enter.

Contrast that with our peaceful approach via the East, where it was just us and one other couple with their guide, all of us speaking in hushed tones or simply enjoying the night view of Angkor Wat against a starry sky:

Angkor Wat at Night

 

Slowly the sky lightened until the stars disappeared from view, and we entered Angkor Wat. 

Angkor Wat Near Dawn

 

Another benefit of having the experienced guide we had via Amansara was that he had been around so long he know pretty much everyone. He was able to get us access to one of the steep staircases that led up to the top of the temple, where we were able to walk around with only a couple of other visitors. Our guides didn't come up with us, wanting us to savor the moment on our own, which I appreciated. I never remember all that our guides tell us about specific historical events, but those can often be researched and read later. What can't be so easily replicated is how you feel walking among the ruins on your own, in quiet contemplation. To us at least, being able to explore undisturbed and away from the crowds was priceless.

Exploring the top of Angkor Wat Without the Crowds

Sunrise Viewed from Angkor Wat

 

View Over Angkor Wat

 

Angkor Wat Tower

 

After we descended, our guide showed us all around Angkor Wat, and of course this part was far more crowded, but still worthwhile as he explained the carvings such as the Churning of the Sea of Milk (which incidentally includes 183 figures, the number of days between the winter solstice and the summer solstice), Vishnu conquering the demons, Battle of the gods, and the very vivid Heaven and Hell Gallery, with carvings that depict 37 heavens and 32 hells (note: the depictions of the 32 hells are not for the squeamish!)

Apsara Carving Detail, Angkor Wat

 

Breakfast at Amansara's Khmer Village House 

After Angkor Wat, our remorks took us to Amansara's Khmer Village House, where we met up with the munchkin for a traditional Cambodian breakfast. The handsome wooden house, built on stilts in Cambodian style, is set in a lush garden:

Amansara's Khmer Village House and Garden

 

It offered a peaceful view of the water, since it faces the Srah Srang reservoir:

View of Srah Srang Reservoir from Amansara's Khmer Village House

 

Outside is a deck and table and chairs shaded by an umbrella, while inside, there's a day bed for lounging and another table and chairs, which is where we had our breakfast. 

Amansara Khmer Village House Interior and Day Bed

 

Breakfast began with a brilliantly colored fruit plate of mango, pineapple, papaya and magenta dragonfruit:

Amansara Khmer Village House Breakfast: Fruit Plate

 

Traditional Cambodian pastries were next; I especially liked the caramelized crust of the nom korng doughnut, although my husband preferred the coconut lentil non kroch:

Nom Kroch, Nom Korng, Nom Jek Bok at Amansara's Khmer Village House

 

There were three choices for the entree, so we tried all three. Our son wanted scrambled eggs and crispy bacon:

Scrambled Eggs and Bacon at Amansara's Khmer Village House

 

I tried a piping hot noodle soup with a delicate broth, meatballs, and condiments of hot chilis which spiced it up nicely:

Noodle Soup for Breakfast at Amansara's Khmer Village House

 

My favorite, however, was my husband's dish of Nom Ben Chok, with its flavorful green curry coconut broth, fresh rice noodles, chicken and vegetables–yum! I was happy to find it on Amansara's regular breakfast menu as well.

Nom Ben Chok Green Curry Noodle Soup, Khmer Village House

 

The combination of Angkor Wat with breakfast at Amansara's Khmer Village House was fantastic. Or, if you opt to simply return to Amansara for breakfast, another way to experience the Khmer Village House is as part of a cooking class. If you choose this option, you'll visit the local market first to shop for ingredients, then be taken to the Khmer Village House to pick fresh organic herbs and chillis, before using them to prepare a delicious lunch, traditional style, using a mortar and pestle and over hot coals. 

Have you experienced Angkor Wat and Amansara's Khmer Village House?

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