We’re continuing on with my weekly series of what this runner did while visiting South East Asia in February of this year. Day 1 itinerary included must-see icons of Singapore. Day 2 was a trip to Sentosa Island. We’ve made it to Day 3 and we start in Singapore but make our way over to Siem Reap, Cambodia for the weekend.
Reminder: I was still training for the Paris Half Marathon which would be 10 days away so I still had to get some runs in on my travels. I made a morning start from Orchard Road and made my way over to Little India, about a twenty-minute run. A 9am start may have already been a little too late as the heat pelted on me with minimal shade. I headed east, past the extensive shopping plazas, until I hit SOTA (School of the Arts Singapore) and made a left. Following this about a kilometer you eventually make it to a crosswalk with two life-sized Elephants, made from purple, yellow and pink flowers to welcome you to the gates of Little India.
The area is comprised of narrow streets filled with gold jewelry shops, a temple, and a market.
However tempting it was to buy some gold bangles, I held back and went to admire the colorful roof of the Sri Veeramakaliammam Temple.
After I crossed the street and ventured towards the Indian Heritage Museum and market. Adorned with bright handbags, intricate wood carvings, and incense, I figured I would have to make a return trip as I knew I wouldn’t be able to run back with my hands full. Enjoying the flavor of the culture for about 30 minutes, I made my way back to the hotel the same way as I came. I quickly showered up and got ready to take the hour and twenty-minute bus directly to Changi Airport for an afternoon flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia where my friend Katie and I would explore the Ancient Temples over the weekend.
1. Running on Orchard Road, 2. Through SOTA, 3. The greeting Elephants of Little India, 4. Sri Veeramakaliammam Temple, 5. Running towards the Indian Heritage Museum & Markets
Siem Reap, Cambodia
After a brief layover in Bangkok, Thailand (in my opinion one of the least attractive or accommodating airports, at least where our gates were), we made it to Siem Reap Airport by early evening. Definitely, one of the smallest airports I’ve been to (the smallest being Beckley, West Virginia) it was quite easy to figure out where and what you needed to do in order to get a visa. Strangely enough, they take US dollars in Siem Reap. So upon arrival, you hit up an ATM to get $35 for your Visa and then make your way to the taxi stand to get to your resort. Cambodia is still a third world country so everything in comparison is very affordable, the cab being $10 for a 15-minute ride. Upon arrival at our 5-star hotel called the Borei Angkor Resort & Spa, we made reservations for a sunrise tour (4am departure) with a day rented tuk-tuk to take us to the Angkor Wat Village. Even with our early wake-up call, we finished the evening with a couple nightcaps at the hotel bar before getting some shut-eye.
Katie and I made our way to Siem Reap, Cambodia via Bangkok, Thailand
Stay tuned for next weeks itinerary of the 4 separate days wrapped into one!