Trip Start Jul 29, 2009
55Trip End Jan 23, 2010
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The first day in Siem Reap, we cruised around the town, trying to get familiarized with the area. We spent several hours in the newly opened museum, which could have been a much shorter trip if Tara didn't have to read every word in the museum... Since she is a certified speed-reader (thanks UCSB!), I basically had my own tour guide when we went to see the temples the next day, so I guess I can't really complain. Also, we found that there is an awesome area downtown on Pub Street and Restaurant Street. There, we were able to gather our bearings and have a couple beers with the hundreds of other travelers from all over the world. We also found a Mexican Restaurant and when we found it we thought that we were hallucinating, we gorged ourselves into a coma with delicious food that we have not been able to eat for 3 months of traveling. I have never been so happy with food before. We also met a number of travelers from Germany, Ireland, the US and New Zealand, at one of the local pubs called Angkor What?, where we drank a couple of towers of Angkor Beer. So we had a couple of good nights there.
The next two days we spent most of our day at the temples of Angkor. We got there by hiring a tuk-tuk driven by Mr. Jeat, who took us both days all around Angkor to see the temples including Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, The Women's Temple (Banteay Srey), Pre Rup, Ta Prohm (from the movie Tombraider), Chau Say Thevada, Ta Keo, Thommanom, and the Terrace of the Elephants
So, tomorrow we are taking a bus back to Phnom Penh, because Air Asia sucks and won't let us change our flight. We had a really great time in both Cambodia and Vietnam, but we are definitely ready to go back to Thailand, where we can wash our toothbrushes with tap water instead of bottled water and not have to shower standing on top of our toilet. Hopefully we will get a bus driver who knows his ABCs and was born BEFORE the year 2007 for the ride back to Phnom Penh.