Monday, March 11, 2013

Travel Sketches Ho Chi Minh & Siem Reap

It's been too long since my last post here.. shame on me..Yet, i still in my pause mode for sketching..
I need something to summon the all the emotion i would feel when sketching, thus, i post these sketches from my last travel journey.
In 2011 (yes, that long), we went to Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam) and Siem Reap (Cambodia). We want to see and feel the energy in the great temples (Indonesia has also many great temples, will post that later) in Siem Reap. We chose to flew to Ho Chi Minh and took a bus to Siem Reap, this way cost us cheaper than a direct fly from Jakarta to Siem Reap ;p
We're mesmerized by the greatness of Hindhu's and Budha's temples there. I don't think i can describe it well in words as well as sketches.  But maybe you can see how exiting, how in-a-rush and how the-sun-won't-let-me-stay-too-long I was when sketching the temples.

Ho Chi Minh Post (Bu'u Dien Than Po Ho Chi Minh)

Pre-Rup, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Ta Som, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Bakong Temple, Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Bakan-Angkor Watt, Siem Reap, Cambodia.


Gunawan Wibisono said...

Nice sketches of a great site, thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...


Hopefully you are having a nice time on your holiday. So perhaps if you have visited Siem Reap you can tell me something more about the place. I am going to Cambodia on September this year. Besides Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam are also listed to be visited. But still I have a question about a hotel you might have seen during your visit in Siem Reap. I booked the following hotel: Tara Angkor Hotel. You know if it is a good hotel? I heard good stories about it. What are the best attractions to visit in Siem Reap and in the surrounding?

Atit Dwi Indarty said...

Mas Gunawan Wibisono, Thank you so much for your nice comment Mas :)

Hi Anonymous,
When in Siem Reap we stayed in Happy Guest House, cheap, neat and runs by a local family.
While in Siem Reap, you can go, of course, to many many great temples there, Night market, or Psar Cha (Old market).
You can also watch Apsara dance in Temple Club at Psar Cha area.

Anonymous said...

Hello Atit,

Thank you for responding. It was very nice reading your blog. Are you still in Siem Reap or already somewhere else? I will stay in Siem Reap 4/5 days, so next to temples I will visit the Temple club and night- and normal markets for sure. I have another question, because I will celebrate my birthday as well and want to have a fancy meal. Some friends recommended the following restaurants; Tonle Sap, Tonle Mekong or Tonle Chaktomuk. Do you know them by any chance?
Thank you in advance.

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Siem Reap said...

Nice art.I like Siem Reap. siem reap is the biggest city in cambodia. This is adventurous and beautiful place.

Anonymous said...

Hello anonymous,

I read your message and wanted to help you, because I have been in Siem Reap a lot of times. The Tara Angkor hotel is a beautiful hotel and is ideally and conveniently located, Tara Angkor Hotel is situated only 6 km from the Angkor Wat Temples, 15 min drive from the Siem Reap International Airport, a few minutes stroll to the Angkor National Museum and a short ride to the city town center with an array of Cambodian souvenirs, shopping and culture. They have a few promotions that you can make use of if you haven’t booked already: Last minute bookings, summer sales, early bird promotion or Angkor temptations. Of course there are a lot more, but have a look at their website. It is not that far to the Angkor temples that I would advise you to see for sure. I would say, grab yourself a 3 day pass and find yourself a decent tuk tuk driver to take you to the farther ruins and for a drive in some of the outlying villages. If you’re up for it consider renting a bike and checking out Angkor Wat on your own. There’s a lot to see and do so a lot depends on your time and budget. A few temples I would strongly suggest you check out besides Angkor Wat itself are Bayon Temple, Angkor Thom and of course Ta Prohm just to see the amazing tree. The Banteay Srei temple is farther out of Siem Reap but has a very different feel than a lot of the others. If you want to do something else as well, you can visit the day and night market. I can really recommend these attractions. If you need to know more, let me know.