Nov 16 - Nov 20
Trip Start Sep 30, 2006
42Trip End Ongoing
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We flew into Cambodia and Siem Reap from Luang Prabang on Thursday.
The city itself is much smaller than I thought. There are lots of kids selling books and postcards on the streets as well as the usual tuk tuk guys.
It is also much, much warmer here than in Laos. Probably mid 30's the whole time we were here.
There is some desperate poverty with lots of people begging alongside huge development.
There are lots of amputees from the landmines, which are still meant to be all over the place, and then dozens of really posh hotels under construction everywhere.
Waiting for Alan to arrive on Saturday we went for a day out at a local swimming pool. Hartnett did his best to get himself killed getting into the pool but has bravely decided to soldier on.
On Sunday we headed to Angkor Wat, which is the big attraction around here. Its was a huge city full of massive temples which was built over 700 years ago and was then deserted.
We started off by getting an overview of the site in a hot air balloon. We then went down to the temples and was guided around by this guy who explained some of the history and the architecture.
It was great to see and a one day pass was enough. Three day and seven day passes are available too but you see all the best parts in just a day.
Theres not a lot to Siem Reap itself and it seems like its just a big tourist trap. A few nice restaurants around the Bar Street area which is a bit like Temple Bar in Dublin except the bars are very quiet. So maybe Temple Bar around ten on a weekday morning...