Trip Start Oct 31, 2006
24Trip End Dec 22, 2006
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Siem Reap is marked by incredulity. At first, it is the amazing monuments that we visit that are incredible to us- we arranged for a private tuk tuk tour for the entire 3 days to visit the great number of Wats in the area. But by day two its the painful feelings of traveller's sickness, nausea, and fatigue, that makes our very survival incredible!
Fortunately the hotel we were staying at proved a great place to run away to in times of need, particularly in the heat that was back with a vengeance
At every site, we were accosted by tourist touts and many small children (some as young as three years) selling post cards and bracelets. They were adorable, but we did not buy anything from children as it encourages child labour. We did indulge in some wonderful fresh pineapple. The tuk tuk tour was definately worth while, as we got to enjoy the scenery between the ruins, not to mention the method of transport for the local people which sometimes included as many items you can fit onto a moto: we saw and entire wooden dresser and table strapped to the back of a moto, a large pig on a moto, and about 20 live chickens dangling from their feet!