Trip Start May 17, 2009
19Trip End Dec 21, 2009
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Siem Reap is vastly different from Phnom Penh - much more touristy wtih Pub Street reminding me of West End, but with lots more beggars and touts. Lots of child beggars who I think were being run by someone - they could all give you the same information about your country's capital, population, prime minister etc.
Prices were a little higher than Phnom Penh but worth it for the choices available - I had a great calzone the first night and was forced to go back agan a coouple of days later. The night food markets were also good value.
My first introduction to the bucket of alchohol, which I now find is available in lots of Asian party places. $5 for a bucket of your spirit of choice - 2 buckets get you a free t-shirt from the bar Angkor What? so I helped Joe out and we shared 2 buckets (What a nice gal I am)
Raya was our tuk-tuk driver/guide for our 2 days at Angkor Wat - he is the relative of one of my students and a great fellow
It would be hard for me to put a name to all of the photos I have taken - the temples all start to look the same after a while, but Bayon was a stand-out and I also loved the one with the 5 pools (empty) laid out in a cross fashion (Sorry I can't tell you its name but I have sent home all the information I have on Angkor Wat). All up, I saw 20 temples close-up and was pretty much templed out by the end of it. The whole layout of the place is beautiful though - lovely wide tree-lined avenues connecting the temples, the moats, the majesty of the whole place.
I apologise for all the elephant photos - I was going through an elephant-mad phase.