Sunday, December 14, 2008

Siem Reap: Where we stayed, in Cambodia

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Riding in Siem Reap in a Tuk Tuk

Siem Reap is a small town in Cambodia which happens to be the home of the famous Angkor Wat temples built some 10 centuries ago by the Khmer people, ancestors of the people who live there now.

We stayed right in Siem Reap and we love this delightful little town. Yes, it is touristy, and they only use US$ as currency, but still, it is a pleasant, quiet, lovely place.

The picture above was taken out the back of Mr. Kheng's Tuk Tuk, in which we were riding. A Tuk Tuk is a rickshaw pulled by a motor bike. It is the common form of taxi in Siem Reap. The price for a Tuk Tuk anywhere in town is $1 (in US currency; greenbacks are the only form of money used in Siem Reap for tourists, even the ATM's issue $USD)

Bar Street at noon

Bar street is reputedly a jumping place at night, but we never made it there after dark. We were always eating out somewhere else with our Hong Kong friends.

The Market is here, on the right.

We bought a bottle of wine in a super market to take to the jungle one night and we needed wine glasses. We found a market here on this street. Peeking inside it looked dark and empty. Judy said she wasn't interested in going in there, but I saw a glint of glass. I said, "Let's try it." and I led the way. A few steps inside we found a whole display of glassware and bought our wine glasses for $1 each.

Anchor Village Hotel

Right within walking distance of bar street and the market is Angkor Village Hotel. This very green and peaceful place was our haven for the three days but we never had a chance to use the pool. (No, that is not the pool.)

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