Angkor Angkor

Trip Start May 17, 2009
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Trip End Dec 21, 2009


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Saturday, July 18, 2009

On Tuesday 14 July, Helen and I took the 6 hour bus trip from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap for 4 nights at Siem Reap Hostel and, wait for it, my first hot shower in months.   Heaven, despite the fact that the shower rose was blocked in half its holes.
Siem Reap is vastly different from Phnom Penh - much more touristy wtih Pub Street reminding me of West End, but with lots more beggars and touts.  Lots of child beggars who I think were being run by someone - they could all give you the same information about your country's capital, population, prime minister etc.
Prices were a little higher than Phnom Penh but worth it for the choices available - I had a great calzone the first night and was forced to go back agan a coouple of days later.   The night food markets were also good value.
My first introduction to the bucket of alchohol, which I now find is available in lots of Asian party places.  $5 for a bucket of your spirit of choice - 2 buckets get you a free t-shirt from the bar Angkor What? so I helped Joe out and we shared 2 buckets (What a nice gal I am)
Raya was our tuk-tuk driver/guide for our 2 days at Angkor Wat - he is the relative of one of my students and a great fellow.  It worked out well for both of us - he is learning English to try to get his travel guide licence (which is very expensive) and Helen was able to give him lots of help when she decided that she wasn't up to climbing some of the harder temples.
It would be hard for me to put a name to all of the photos I have taken - the temples all start to look the same after a while, but Bayon was a stand-out and I also loved the one with the 5 pools (empty) laid out in a cross fashion (Sorry I can't tell you its name but I have sent home all the information I have on Angkor Wat).  All up, I saw 20 temples close-up and was pretty much templed out by the end of it.  The whole layout of the place is beautiful though - lovely wide tree-lined avenues connecting the temples, the moats, the majesty of the whole place.
I apologise for all the elephant photos - I was going through an elephant-mad phase.
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