Siem Reap, Cambodia

Trip Start Dec 17, 2012
Trip End Jan 20, 2012

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

We arrived by plane from Ho Chi Minh city to Siem Reap (pronounced See-hum Ree-hup) and since we set foot in Cambodia, its been nothing but pleasant. (Except the heat maybe). We were very surprised by the fast and efficient service at the airport when issuing our visas.The hotel also sent a tuk-tuk driver to pick us op from the airport..super friendly and a genuinely nice guy. We decided that he had to be our dedicated driver for the following day $17 (all day, while exploring the temples)

The hotel is fabulous! We would really recommend it to anyone. They have a lovely pool area which is much needed in this heat! When you need to go into town, the tuk tuk will drop you off and the hotel issue you with a cell phone so you can call them when they have to pick you up..all free of charge! This phone-idea is the highlight of the hotel so far :-)

We did a bit of sight seeing in town...the other travelers seemed to be having a huge party! Pub street lured us in with all the bright lights, and soon we were on a bed, getting a foot massage together with a number of other tourists whose feet were knackered from all the was heaven!

A few places called Dr. Fish provides a fish tank full of little fish that apparently give you a "fish massage''...and as they advertised, luckily none of those fish were piranhas. How it works: you put your feet into a large fish tank while the hundreds of little (or sometimes not so little) fish suck/nibble on the dead skins of your feet. I am not sure if I will be able to do seems ticklish and gross at the same time. I will maybe give it a try tomorrow evening. Eek!

We also grabbed a bite to eat and a couple of local Angkor beers at $0.50 per draft. So much to choose from and the food are delicious, but much more toned down than the strong flavours of Vietnamese food. Of course you don't have to eat local food...there are loads of western food to choose from.

The night market also offers a lot of clothing that will help you stay cool in the heat, local T-shirts, as well as any kind of travel book you can think of as well as memory sticks, battery chargers, batteries. We decided to buy a guidebook of the temples, so we could have our own guided tour of the temples the following day. Can't wait!!
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