Love this place

Trip Start Aug 23, 2010
Trip End Jul 15, 2011

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Siem Reap Riverside

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Welp, came back to Siem Reap for a couple days. It's a pretty hard place to stay away from, especially when you are so close and in the same country. I was originally planning on only coming here to fly up to Luang Prabang in Laos, but Wes hadn't been in Siem Reap before, so after an extra day in Sihanoukville, I joined him up there and spent a couple nights. It was actually nice to get back there as it gave me a chance to see a few more temples that I didn't get a chance to see the first time around. This time, we went off the beaten track a little and saw some of the temples that are a much greater distance from Angkor Wat. The farthest one, Kbal Speen, was actually a disappointment as half the attraction there is a waterfall, which apparently almost completely dries up in the dry season, Found that out the hard way (an hour long tuk tuk ride out from Angkor). Kbal Speen is basically some stone carvings along the creek-bed near a (seasonal) waterfall. Too bad that waterfall wasn't running cuz it was hot! 
The second stop was Banteay Srei, a temple about 40 km's from Angkor Wat. This temple is the only one in the entire Angkor complex not created for a God, but for a woman. It is also one of the most intricately carved and decorated of all the temples there. This one was really cool to see. 
Finally, we visited Ta Som, a temple in the outer ring of Angkor Park that looks similar to the Tomb Raider temple (Ta Prohm) because of the huge trees growing on top of the walls. 
Apart from the temples, I just enjoyed my time around the town, eating at Pub Street, and getting fish massages on the sidewalk. One place in particular was very cool as it had a couple pretty girls working there who would massage your shoulders and back while you have the fish nibbling at your feet. For $2 you get a 30 minute fish massage, with bonus back massage, and a beer. Very good deal! It was funny, because the girls at the fish massage place thought I looked like John Cena (the wrestler....I get this surprisingly often) who happened to have filmed a movie in Siem Reap a year ago. One of the girls who worked at the fish massage place was named Sinat (pronounced See-nat), so I cleverly called her John Sinat, and they found it hilarious. I wish all crowds appreciated good comedy like that back home.......such a shame.
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Kellie on

Oh Trev, everyone does appreciate the humor - it's so you. Not surpring about the John Cena comment. I'm going to buy you a t-shirt of him so you can wear it when you travel.

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