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Flat Defeat of Siam (Siem Reap Expedition)

Vacation Mode ON!!!  I once dreamed of bringing my family to Greece to see the Parthenon.  I know this place isn’t halfway there and I still cannot afford to shoulder all expenses for a family of five to Greece; but for this alone, I am offering my 24th birthday to them.  4 years after our last voyage together, we found ourselves in a foreign land again.  This time, our first destination is CAMBODIA! =)  I want to travel the world with them (my parents not too old to touchdown and my brothers not too young not to appreciate the wonders).  Navigating on our own and exploring the unknown thus make the family bond stronger. These are priceless specifically the memories that will serve as souvenirs once we go back HOME.

Siem Reap International Airport – 6km, 15 minutes from town center.  Taxis and tuktuks can be hired at the ticket desk located just outside the terminal doors.  Taxis run U$D7 and tuktuks are U$D5 into town but most hotels offer free transportation from the airport (Source: Visitors Guide).

Siem Reap is the capital city of Siem Reap province in northwestern Cambodia, and a popular resort town as the gateway to Angkor region. The name Siem Reap means the ‘Flat Defeat of Siam — and refers to the centuries-old conflict between the Siamese and Khmer peoples.  This name, according to an oral tradition, was given by King Ang Chan (1516-1566) as “Siem Reap”, meaning “the flat defeat of Siam” (Cambodians call Siam or Thailand “Siem”). It was because of Ang Chan’s victory against a Siamese invasion, slaying Prince Ong, and capturing no less than 10,000 Siamese troops.

Skyscraper (The Twin Towers – Kuala Lumpur Expedition)

First impressions of Malaysia’s high-tech, fast growing capital, Kuala Lumpur, are likely to be of a vibrant and colourful modern metropolis with gleaming skyscrapers. The country is full of charm and beauty, and the rich cultural heritage is apparent both in its traditional village areas and in the commitment to religious plurality. The dominant cultural force is undoubtedly Islam, but the country’s diverse population of Malays, Chinese, Indians, and Borneo’s indigenous tribes has created a fabulous juxtaposition of mosques, temples, and churches, a panoply of festivals, and a wonderful mixtures of cuisines. Reference: The Rough Guide to Southeast Asia on a Budget 

Soaring to a height of 451.9 metres, the 88-storey twin structure is Kuala Lumpur’s crown jewel. Majestic by day and dazzling at night, the PETRONAS Twin Towers is inspired by Tun Mahathir Mohamad’s vision for Malaysia to be a global player. Together with master architect Cesar Pelli, the international icon powerfully captures the nation’s ambitions and aspirations. Check this site for more insights:

Petronas Towers at Day

Petronas Towers at Night

* Images posted were subjected to different light exposures and clarity. Same subject matter but expressed in different interpretations =)

How to go there?!
Flights from Cebu Pacific land at the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT).

Upon arrival, we looked for the KLIA Transit Booth that’ll bring us to the city proper via bus and train, as this is the cheapest mode based on our research. It will cost you RM12.5 (around PhP160) one way, inclusive of the fare for the shuttle bus and train tickets. Upon purchase of ticket, you have to search for the shuttle bus bound to Salik Tinggi located in front of the Coffee Bean outside the terminal. From Salik Tinggi, there are only 3 stations away to KL Sentral. Enlarge the image for the bus and train schedules:

From KL Sentral, take the the Kelana Jaya Train (pink line) and it’ll cost you around RM1.6 bound to KLCC, Kuala Lumpur Convention Center, which is 5 stations away or approximately 20 minutes. As much as possible, be apprised of the destinations that are accessible via train as you can minimize your transportation expenses as opposed to riding cabs.

Terimah Kasih! =)

Muddy Estuary

Kuala Lumpur City Gallery is part of the ARCH group’s vision in promoting the country’s heritage and culture. A new tourist magnet which is situated right in the historical enclave of Dataran Merdeka (Merdeka Square) and houses many attractions in the form of prints, photos and miniatures. Located in a 114 year-old building, this landmark is a must visit for anyone who wants to know all about Kuala Lumpur! – well luckily, we did. =)


Did you know that Kuala Lumpur literally means ‘muddy estuary’? It was founded at the confluence of the Gombak River and Klang River =) But before I forget, the entrance is free! and they are open from 0830AM to 0630PM daily.

Look closely on how they make all of the artifacts displayed in the gallery.  With full concentration and that attention to details, I wonder if these guys are somewhat obsessive compulsive… haha. After the tour, there is a shop inside the gallery that offers souvenir items at very reasonable prices!!! (well, as compared with the mainstream).

How to go there?!
From KL Sentral, take the Kelana Jaya Train (pink line) and it’ll cost you around RM1.3 bound to Masjid Jamek, which is 2 stations away. It is a 7-minute walk to the gallery from the LRT Station,  just ask someone for the direction to the Kuala Lumpur City Gallery or to the Sultan Abdul Samad.  This is the exact address in case you get lost: No. 27, Jalan Raja, Dataran Merdeka, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.