Our Perfect Gamer Holiday Guide day 5 is more relaxed, as the main temples have now been seen. Use this time to sort out your Uncharted Sketchbook of clues and treasure maps, and enjoy a slower schedule.
Perfect Gamer Holiday Day 5: Conservation d’ Angkor, Tonle Sap Sunset Cruise
For the fifth day of this gamer destination holiday, we set out a relaxed day with slow contemplation and a visit to the largest lake in Asia. Take your time with breakfast and head out on your Tuk-Tuk to this warehouse of humanity’s almost lost treasures.
Conservation d’ Angkor
This visit is only available for people who have scheduled a private visit in advance, via a travel agent or hotel that has a contract with the government. The facility is a fully fenced, gated and guarded protection warehouse for national treasures
A guard will follow you around during your visit, and photographing inside the warehouses themselves is forbidden. Over 5000 catalogued statues and carvings, including Nagas, Buddhas and Lingas as well as period pottery, are stored within. The conservation efforts that this location was initially pledged to has now been handed over to the “Aspara Authority”, and this gated facility operates simply as a warehouse for cataloguing of artifacts.
First, a video of the many Lintels that adorn the courtyards of Conservation d’ Angkor
A video from the courtyard: a beautiful display of catalogued artifacts in different stages of repair.
Leaving the details of our beautiful cruise aside for our Aman Amansaran Review, Tonle Sap is still accessible to anyone and there are many transportation and tours available.
You should not miss out on this opportunity to see the largest fresh water lake in Asia and its floating villages primarily inhabited by Vietnamese migrants.
Some facts first via Wikipedia:
|Max. length||250 km (160 mi) (maximum)|
|Max. width||100 km (62 mi)(maximum)|
|Surface area||2,700 km2 (1,000 sq mi) (minimum)|
16,000 km2 (6,200 sq mi) (maximum)
|Average depth||1 m (3.3 ft) (minimum)|
|Max. depth||10 m (33 ft)|
The ship we were on wasn’t the average vessel that most tourists will see, and you can read about both in our Aman Amansaran Review.
You can also go to our other articles for this series:
- Introduction to Cambodia
- Tour Guide to Siem Reap: Day 1
Uncharted East of Angkor & Khemer Dance
- Tour Guide to Siem Reap: Day 2
The Faces of Bayon and Angkor Thom, The Great City
- Tour Guide to Siem Reap: Day 3
Angkor Wat at Sunrise, Ta Prohm Tomb Raider, and Traditional Khmer Breakfast
- Tour Guide to Siem Reap: Day 4
Lost Temples of Banteay Srei, Beng Mealea & Koh Ker
- Tour Guide to Siem Reap: Day 5
Conservation d’ Angkor, Tonle Sap Sunset Cruise
- Tour Guide to Siem Reap: Day 6
Museum, Shopping, Bargaining and a Spiritual Water Blessing