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Janine’s Travel Diary

Tuesday, 07 Oct 2008

Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia

MapWe caught the boat up the river from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. We climbed onto the roof and watched life on the river. The first part was pretty interesting seeing all the houses, schools, temples etc on the water and people going about their daily lives. The second part of the 6 hour journey wasn't quite as interesting but it was nice to relax in the fresh air.
After booking into our hotel we had a refreshing swim and then headed off to the Ankhor temples for sunset with hundreds of other tourists. We then went back to our guesthouse, found Rach, my friend from work and her friend from Oz, Renae and headed out for dinner and drinks.

Our Siem Reap ritual became....
get up early and head to the temples for half a day
head back to guesthouse for a swim
meet Rach and Renae by pool for debriefing of days events and drinks
head out for dinner and drinks

The temples were amazing. Ankhor Wat was incredible but my favourites were the jungle temples where the trees were all intertwined with the buildings - so beautiful!

Siem Reap had more touting then Phnom Penh but it was refreshing that they usually left you alone after you said no. My favourite was a girl who trying to sell me "nothing" She was prepared to give me "good price for nothing".

We hired a lovely young tuk tuk driver for our time in Siem Reap. We had to wake him up after we got out of most temples but he was very sweet.

On our last day in Siem Reap, Kirsty and I did a cooking course. I made Papaya salad and my favourite - fish amok. Unfortunately the fish amok I made was the only food on the trip that gave me a dodgy belly!

Cambodia was great and I highly recommend it. It comes a close second to Laos for my favourite South east Asian country... so far...