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Cambodia: Siem Reap and Ankor Temples

Beautiful cosmopolitan city, and fascinating temples that rival Egypt

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Bus to Siem Reap, and playing choons

The bus from Battambang to Siem Reap was a joy compared to the last trip. Almost seamless!
At the rest stop I enjoyed the best banana/sticky rice ever!
Anything wrapped in vine leaves in Cambodia seems to be delicious!
The young chap sitting next to me seemed fascinated by my iPod!
I offered to play him some tunes which seemed to make his day!
I started mellow with some indie, but he seemed underwhelmed.
Then I amped it up with some drum and bass which got him screaming and air drumming.
He loved the drums - so I stayed with DnB, Jungle and a bit of Hip-Hop.
Whenever the tunes got too mellow (Erik B and Rakim was too mellow!) he said "no, more dum-dum-duhdum" - flailing his hands in the air.

Finally we arrived in Siem Reap, and I was greeted by Mr Phally, the tuk-tuk driver for me hotel.

Siem Reap City

Siem Reap has a really nice vibe. The old market area is the nicest(see: touristy) part, located on the river, with an awesome night market and heaps of great restaurants and bars.

I'll also say it is the most friendly place I have visited in all of my travels thus far.
I stayed at Neth Socheata hotel, which is outstanding in terms of location, service and facilities!

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Temples of Ankor

Mr Phally took me on a 2 day tour of the Ankor Temples. Ankor Wat is everything you've heard and then some.
There are so many temples in this area that you could spend a week here. The architecture and designs are incredible.
For me this was en-par with the sites of Egypt. Just amazing!
I recommend buying a guide book for the temples. They are money well spent as are the guided tours of Ankor Wat.
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My photos of the Ankor temples are here:
Ankor Temples Photo Album - Facebook public link

Posted by SkinnyFists 23:07 Archived in Cambodia Tagged temples siem_reap ankor_wat ankor_temples

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