Cambodia
Siem Reap

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  • Day77

    Lilys Secret Garden

    April 21 in Cambodia

    We talked about taking a cooking class when we were over here. It’s a good way to meet people but also to learn the culture and, well, get better at cooking, and so you can make the same dishes you love here, at home.
    Jackie found an awesome home cooking class, that, turns out is literally right behind the hotel, two streets over, called Lily’s Secret Garden. The place is run by Lily, a Cambodian chef as far as we can tell, and her husband Chris, a Belgian who has a flare for business, maybe.
    Chris picked us up in a tuktuk at our hotel and took us to the local market to buy the ingredients for whatever we were cooking. This is the market where only locals shop...astounding place. We took our groceries to Lily’s to meet the chef. I think we all thought she was the one doing the cooking class. They had another character, Darwin, a Cambodian with a great sense of humour. Also a chef at a local high end restaurant.
    Stay tuned for an invite to Cambodian night.
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  • Day76

    EoCambo Residence

    April 20 in Cambodia

    We have had pretty good luck with accommodation. Really only one place where the room may have not met everyone’s standard. We stayed at the Don Bosco Hotel School in Sihanoukville and were extremely impressed. The place we are in now must have taken the cream of the crop from that group and brought them here. The service is impeccable. They love to hear how your day was, what your plans are for the next day, every whim, they are on it.
    The rooms are spotless, hot water, no smell, no insects and they literally run to to help you out, simply awesome. EoCambo Residence, street 22, downtown eastside, Siem Reap.
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  • Day77

    Phare!

    April 21 in Cambodia

    There is a school in Battambang, (say it like Battumbong) that takes disadvantaged kids and develops their musical, dancing, acting and acrobatic skills. To raise money for the school they put on cirque du soleil type shows.
    It’s just outside of town a few minutes in a tiny little dome circus tent kind of thing, holds maybe 300 people?
    But for the price of admission you get a fabulous show of daring acts, acrobatics, dancing, and singing. It’s actually really good and totally worth it. If you want the ultimate in entertainment pay for the front row, otherwise save your riel and get the seats on the side.
    There’s beer and popcorn too, what more could you want?
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  • Day79

    Just another day in Cambodia

    April 23 in Cambodia

    Because we like to keep our travel plans open, we don’t book anything in advance and kinda let the trip take us wherever we wanna go. Works well for us, mostly. Eight months ago when we booked the trip to Singapore and then home from Manila we didn’t give much consideration to how or when we would book a flight from wherever we were at the end of the vacation to get to Manila. And this revelation hit us just the day before we needed to be in Manila to catch the flight home.
    And when we did look into it months ago, to fly from Siem Reap, say to Manila, it was about $80 per person. That’s really good. If you wait until the day before that price goes up. We hoped to just fly to Shanghai and make our connection there with our original booking and not have to go to Manila at all and give us an extra day in Cambodia. China Eastern Airline, while being an awesome airline for the actual flying part, aren’t so hot with their customer service, we actually still haven’t heard back from them.
    So Robert and I set out to find the China Eastern Office in Siem Reap and straighten things out. Now, many of the tuktuk drivers don’t speak English, and from what i can tell some don’t read either. And the streets are seldom signed, if at all. And every bloody road looks the same as the last, so we weren’t any help either. Three tuktuks later, and stopping for directions three times, we accidentally stumbled on the China Eastern Airline offices. They were closed.
    Little did we know, when the girls took off at the same time as us, for a yoga class, they had the exact same “issue” with their tuktuk as well. It’s all a a work in progress.
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  • Day79

    Our Last Night in Town

    April 23 in Cambodia

    We still had to pick up a couple gifts and souvenirs, and get another damn massage...there are massage places everywhere!! And Amber needed a pair of sandals; she blew out her last pair walking around the temples.
    So we went down to the night market, though it was daytime and bummed around down there. We ended up at the Hard Rock Cafe to see a live band. Of all the places to eat and drink in Cambodia, I’m pretty sure we found the most expensive.
    But the band was awesome. ROCKSTORM, local Cambodians playing all your favourite metal hits from the nineties. Absolute riot, check ‘em out next time you’re here.
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  • Day76

    Night Market and Pub Street

    April 20 in Cambodia

    Like all SE Asian towns and cities, theres a night market where they sell all the same stuff on one street as the other. Lights and loud music and people everywhere. It’s a spectacle not to be missed. The one in Siem Reap is a little smaller than the ones you’re used to but fun nonetheless. Adjoining the night market at one end is the Pub Street. A couple of streets that cross cross each other, with yet more lights and much louder thumping music. Hundreds of places to eat, drink and shop, you can even watch small children dancing on stage. Cambodians exploit children like no other. We walked around for a bit and had a beer on the second floor of some place to people watch, which is always great fun.Read more

  • Day76

    Angkor National Museum

    April 20 in Cambodia

    From everything we read and what we had been told by other travellers was to go check out the National Museum prior to our visit to Angkor Wat and all the temples. Seemed like a reasonable plan, even driver thought so.
    Unfortunately, its much less a museum and more an art gallery. The 3D dome in the centre of the building is a stunning piece of work and the twenty minute video was interesting cinematically, but none of it informative in any way.
    And then there is a bunch of original artwork downstairs for sale. And ice cream, which we tend not to miss very often. Might want to save your money for a guide at the temples themselves.
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  • Day5

    Cambodia - Siem Reap Day 2

    May 17 in Cambodia

    Ok so today we got up relatively early and headed off to the temples. It was soooooo hot by the time we arrived but we pressed on. Sometimes I think we are getting old, no never (haha). We went to Angkor Wat first which was massive and absolutely amazing. Saw the mix of religions and had a guide who explained the history. Our guide said it was a quiet day but still about 1,000 people there. We walked through the Wat but came back along the moat where it was cooler and less tourists. We then went to an old Wat where they are renovating it where it has been over taken by the jungle and you can see trees growing around and on top of the buildings. Incredible to see and the blocks of rock that were moved to build these structures were massive. We were exhausted by the time we returned to the hotel, spent the afternoon by the pool and sleeping! Went out to dinner to Mali’s which is run by the top chef in Cambodia. It was amazing, food was fantastic and we had so much we walked home, without getting lost and collapsed on the bed. Love Siem Reap!Read more

  • Day4

    Cambodia - Siem Reap

    May 16 in Cambodia

    After an incredibly short flight we arrived in Siem Reap. Basically got up in the air and the pilot; who was female and named Helen announced that we were preparing for landing! We spent more time in the airport than in the air. We arrived and it was wonderful. Siem Reap was much more relaxed than Phonm Penh and we arrived at a wonderful hotel, and the lady who checked us in was great and gave us heaps of information. We settled in then decided to go for a walk to the night market for dinner and do a bit of exploring. Well I had the worst glass of wine, Pete thought it was poison, it was just old and very yellow. Note to self - drink cocktails not wine! Had a wander round and then decided to find somewhere for dinner and head back to the hotel. Ok so we got completely lost and ended up on quiet back streets trying to find our way home. Eventually stumbled across our street and found a restaurant nearby for a late dinner. They only supplied beer but we had tonic and finally managed to get him to pour some gin (or maybe it was only water !!) anyway it was a good dinner and a bit of an adventure. Off to the temples in the morning.Read more

  • Day61

    Siem Reap and Angkor Wat, Cambodia

    February 22, 2017 in Cambodia

    Temples, cathedrals, mosques, monuments, shrines...we've seen a lot over the last few months of traveling and we've learned that we enjoy them...but we also learned that we don't need to see them all. Angkor Wat was the one you can't miss in this category when you travel to Southeast Asia so this was pretty much our religious site grand finale for this trip.

    It is the world's largest religious monument stretching 402 acres built by the Khmer Empire. Most were originally Hindu temples but later converted to Buddhist and some back and forth again by the ruling kings through history. Interestingly, India had a large influence in SE Asia, and particularly in Cambodia starting around the first century, which is evident in many of the carvings and details in the temples.

    We woke up at 4am to see the sunrise at the temple and avoid the crowds. While the sunrise was beautiful, the crowds were still in full force and somewhat took away from the experience- but I suppose that's a bit hypocritical to say as a tourist. We did the short circuit tour with a guide who was a monk in his earlier life. It was a solid 10 hour day but many people spend multiple days there and still don't see it all. It was worth spending the extra money for a guide as he provided a lot of insight to the temples' religious history and into the modern day culture which we learned there is still tension between Cambodia and its neighbors Vietnam and Thailand who have abused the Cambodian people through history by taking their land and even seizing control of Angkor Wat at one point in time and still calling it a creation of their people.

    The temples were all impressive and reminded us of some of the detailed carvings from India and the size and magnitude of Egypt. Over the last one thousand years since their creation they seemed to have held up well. Our favorite was the "Tomb Raider" temple which is overgrown with giant trees. The roots of the trees flow between the sandstone bricks and are slowly destroying the temple, but it makes for one of the coolest man-made/mothernature combinations you'll ever see.

    After a long and very hot day in the stagnant Cambodian heat we recovered in our Hostel's pool. Siem Reap was an interesting city with a lot of tourists, backpackers, expats, and plenty of entertainment along Pub Street with clubs, karaoke bars, and mobile bars blaring YouTube music videos and pouring cocktails from their bicycle carts.

    Although our visit to Cambodia was short we felt like we saw what we needed to and got to check another country off the list!
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Siem Reap, سيام ريب, Ciudad de Siem Riep, Siĕm Réab, سیم ریپ, सीम रीप, Sziemreap, REP, シェムリアップ, ក្រុងសៀមរាប, 시엠레아프, Siemreabas, Сиемреап, Khett Siem Reab, سیئم ریپ, Сием-Реап, Сијем Реап, சியெம் ரீப், เสียมราฐ, Сіемреап, سیئم ریئپ, Xiêm Riệp, 暹粒市

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