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Travel Blogs from Siem Reap
Tyler, Brittni, and Sara decided on a day of rest so Debora and I hired a car and driver and went 50km north of Siem Reap to Phnom Kulen. Phnom means mountain, so Kulen Mountain. It is considered by the Khmer’s (Cambodians) to be the most sacred mountain in Cambodia. It is a popular place of pilgrimage on weekends and we saw many locals …
We got up early today and spent the day in the biggest, and most popular Angkor temples, Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom. Angkor Thom was a city, 3km squared, that had about 10,000 people in it. It included the Royal Palace which now is just the foundation stones. The rest of it was wood and is long gone. The pools are still there and the perimeter wall …
We took the luxury bus from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. It was like a greyhound bus. It had a toilet and they served us a snack box of mystery pastries and a bottle of water. It was a 6 hour trip but we stopped half way for a 30 min lunch break. I sat beside a local guy, Piseth Chhourm, on the bus who knew excellent English and we chatted for a bit …
Temples, that is why you come to Siem Reap. Angkor Wat is the name given to a complex of dozens of temples that span hundreds of square kilometers. The Kmer people ruled much of Indochina at different periods of history and their rulers built huge religious shrines. The shrines are either Hindu or Buddhist, and sometimes changed from one religion …
... the stall holder having their hair done? Anyway, you have a lady with long hair all shampooed up with large slabs of smelly raw meat centimetres from her in every direction. Gross. I often assess if I will have to run out quickly and puke its that strong a smell.
The town has great laneways and streets with local food and we give Amok and Khmer Curry big thumbs up. Yum yum yum. We chose to eat it most nights but each place makes it a little different and im glad ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Room service
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