Preah Khan was the first temple we visited and also our agreed upon favorite. We choose to see this temple because our guidebook said that the temple had been overgrown with trees, which was what I was most excited to see. Something about the old ruins being taken over by nature fascinates me.
Ta Prohm is one of the more famous temples in the Angkor Wat Complex. This is partly because scenes from Tomb Raider starring Angelina Jolie were filmed there. I’ll be honest, I haven’t actually seen Tomb Raider, but I was still excited to visit Ta Prohm.
Ta Prohm was crowded. We had to squeeze our way through crowds of people waiting to get their photo taken in front of “the spot”. We continued walking and ended up veering off in a direction away from the other tourists. There were partially destroyed corridors that we walked through and finally we found a shaded area to sit down and drink some water. We joked about how long it must take to film any movie scene in Cambodia because it only took a minute to become hot and sweaty.
There are so many trees growing in Ta Prohm! It is incredibly beautiful to see how nature has started to reclaim the temples as its own. The trees have ragged roots that spill down the stone bricks. It’s impossible not to look up at the trees in awe.
Bayon is a temple you can’t miss! The temple is located within the center of Angkor Thom. Here you will get to see the four enormous stone faces of Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva. Throughout the temple are over 2000 faces carved in stone.
The Old Market is an indoor market, meaning that it has a roof, but there aren’t exterior walls and there is no air conditioning. Inside the market are seemingly hundreds of shops and vendors. You can find just about anything you want there from hammocks, to women’s clothing, to tapestries, to spices and food, and even housewares.
If you are traveling with AirAsia, there is the possibility that you will have a layover in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The airport was built specifically for budget airlines, so a large majority of their gates are for AirAsia flights. The terminal doesn’t look like a budget terminal, it is actually very modern and has many shops and places to grab a quick bite to eat.
Prior to our trip, I contacted Korean Air with our flight information and asked if we could have a complimentary room. We quickly received a response confirming that we had a free night in one of their partner hotels in Incheon. The exact hotel would be determined upon arrival and check-in at their easy to find kiosk within the airport. It was that painless!
After our flight landed in Incheon, we went through customs and then went directly to a help desk in the main terminal. She pointed us in the direction of a specific convenience store within the terminal that sold Seoul CityPass+ cards. These cost 2,500 won (about $2.50 USD) and allow you to load money onto them to pay for subway rides, buses, and taxis. On our way through the airport, we loaded the cards at easy-to-use kiosks just before the entrance to the subway. We each put about 10,000 won (just under $10 USD) on our cards.
Alex and I had a long list of things we wanted to see during our layover in Seoul. We had twelve hours from the time our flight landed until our next flight took off.
Airbnb is my go-to place when looking for a place to stay on vacation. Often, hotels can be extremely expensive, or you really want to stay somewhere with a kitchen, or somewhere that feels more like home. In these cases, Airbnb can be the way to go.
We found that food was expensive in Iceland. In order to save money, we cooked a lot of our meals ourselves. But we did manage to eat at a few places that I will share with you! As well as give you some tips on buying your own food.