Temples, temples and more temples... Angkor Wat
Trip Start Apr 12, 2011
86Trip End Apr 01, 2012
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We’ve hired a tuk tuk and driver for the day to take us around some of the temples as it seems to be the best way to do it. We do the large temple circuit which involves going 30km out of town but it was interesting to see the countryside. The people live in wooden houses on stilts and seem to have been given access to water by privately sponsored well projects. We wondered whether these people were better off as tourists see how they live and so are more inclined to see how they can help. Overall although it is a basic way of living, the people seem to be doing well working the land and we see that a lot of the children do attend school as well as work. We see many different temples in one day but each are interesting as they vary from intricately carved to large structures. Given that we are templed out by about 3pm and head back to town (another good thing about having your own driver!) Plus he showed us which stall to have food at for lunch and it was really tasty.
In the evening we head to the Foreign Correspondents Club in Siem Riep which is newer and much more modern than Phnom Penh one, we take advantage of happy hour while sitting out listening to live jazz music before heading into the tourist strip for dinner.
Our second day with our tuk tuk driver involves an early start to see sunrise at the well known Angkor Wat. We leave at 5am to join the rush to get to the temple to get a good spot to watch sunrise
For dinner we head to pizza place where we go for a normal pizza rather than a 'happy’ pizza where an additional substance ;) will be added. We also get to listen in to a conversation an ex-pat is having with his friends. I think he is trying to explain how he has managed to get a pretty young Cambodian wife at his age and to be fair he’s perfectly upfront about the situation ‘My main concern is that she will get the opportunity to re-marry once I’m gone’. Just a little insight into the world of expats in Cambodia.
Our final day in Siem Riep is spent in a pool which is a pleasant relief after walking around temples in the baking sun for the past couple days. We then get on a ‘sleeper bus’ to Kampot on the coast. The Asian take on sleeper bus is interesting and I don’t think we’ll try it again. We get on a relatively comfy bus with reclining chairs at 8pm to change buses at midnight onto a normal coach, we then get dropped off at another station as 5am and have to wait until 8.30am until we are stuffed into a small bus bound for our final destination.