Angkor Wat and Fisherman's Village

Trip Start Dec 01, 2005
Trip End Jan 10, 2006

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Thursday, January 5, 2006

When we arrived in Siam Reap you could tell this was a communist country. I did manage to get a bit of a smile (more of a smirk) out of the military guy doing the photo recognition at the airport. We had prearranged transportation to our hotel. When we arrived at our hotel we were amazed by the beauty inside. Wow, we felt like we were at a 5 star hotel and were royalty. We were met with a cocktail (love the place already) and a silk scarf. Our room was equally as impressive. Never went into the pool, but it was very nice as well.
We toured around the town 2 evenings in a row and found some funky places to eat and drink. What a great time we had. When we got back to the hotel we had a few cocktails in the tiny lounge. Ended up meeting some gals from California who were very friendly. We had some great laughs with them and I'm sure woke up the second floor guests! Did I mention they were really cute too! They were on a tour with their parents which they wished they hadn't done (the tour part).
We went through Ankor Wat and our mouths were agape the entire time. This place is Huge and absolutely unimaginable in terms of intricate artwork and the manpower to create it. I'm telling you, you have to see it to believe it. Walked up one of the temples and almost crapped my pants fully realizing we're going to have to "somehow" get back down these super steep steps. But, after seeing some of the people at the top, we both thought if They can do it, We can do it. I mean Sherry was half their age!!! We were both half some of their sizes, so.....
Even managed to say a little prayer with one of the monks who happened to be Female!! Who knew! Of course, it cost a dollar to do so....but it was so cool and how many people can say they prayed with a Monk.
Our last day there we toured the entire City with our personal tour guide on a Tuk Tuk type vehicle. He as soooo funny and friendly too. Spoke better english than some of the hotel male staff which we were ever grateful for, fully respecting we are in another country where english is 2nd or 3rd language.
We ended up at a Fisherman's Village as the last part of the tour and this is literally a community that lives on the water (houseboats and then some). They had schools, police, church, gym, pool hall, mechanics, electronics repairs and so much more. Who knew! Man that water was sooooo dirty and there were kids swimming in it. Canadians have no idea how lucky they are with their water supply, especially us in the Northwest Territories.
Ahhh, what a great place to visit. Glad we only stayed for 3 days though, that was just enough time to see all the things we did. Now, off to Bangkok for a couple days before we head back to Vancouver/Victoria/Yellowknife via San Francisco.
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