We arrived in Siem Reap very early and had to wait until midday to check in. The night bus wasn’t great so all of us slept on sofas in the lobby until we were allowed in the room. Another lovely hostel, this place also had a swimming pool, but was a little further from the centre of town.
In the afternoon, after a quick dip we headed to a collection of remote villages in two tuk tuks. The houses were pretty, especially those built on stilts. The drivers then took us to a crocodile farm, which was not the best in terms of animal welfare, mainly due to the shear number of crocs, but still it was interesting to see. The boys were a little obsessed with catching one of the free roaming chickens to throw in to the enclosure… So much so, they asked the staff, who agreed! …poor chicken…(s)!!!
Driving through Siem Reap
Paul with his crocodile food!!
When we got back we all got in the pool again, before eating at the local night market and taking an early night in preparation for a 4am start at Angkor Wat the following day…
Angkor Wat temple:
Still dark when we arrived…
Watching the sun rise
The road to Angkor Thom:
George trying to pose in the bridge
Wish we had a better form of transport…
Spot the face… and spot the German!
Ignoring the sign and climbing up…
Preah Khan temple:
Ta Prohm temple:
Paul was finally happy after we found the dinosaur marking…
By the end of it all we were knackered, so went back to the hostel for a nap. Since we only bought a one day ticket to visit the temples, myself, Karen, George and Steve went back to watch the sunset.
Acting like the locals to cool down!
That evening back at the hostel we played an all time favourite drinking game of mine; drink uno! Followed by watching the Holland game for Karen and too many drinks…
The night ended late!
The following day was slow and lazy, a hangover cure of kfc and some serious pool time was topped with a night at the Cambodian circus; more like a drama and acrobatic performance. It was really good fun!
That night we took an over night bus back in to Bangkok, Thailand.
Siem Reap was great for the temples, but we did get harassed by street sellers almost everywhere we went which quickly became frustrating. The town was nice, but like everywhere we went in Cambodia; was completely overrun by tourists and the things that come along with that – the street sellers… We constantly felt harassed and like we were merely walking wallets. Local people chose only to interact with us if there was a chance of a tip. It’s a shame really, but we were glad to get out of Cambodia. I’m not sure if being in a larger group effected this, and sure, we only went to big towns… Perhaps I should try to return to Cambodia, alone, or in search or smaller towns as I’m sure Cambodia has a lot more to offer.
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