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Sizzling Siem Reap

sunny 36 °C

March 11, 2018
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We landed at the Siem Reap, Cambodia airport at 930 am and were greeted with hot tropical sun and palm trees. Getting our tourist visas and clearing customs took about two hours (!) despite relatively short lines.
Outside, we asked for a tuktuk to our hotel. Technically the airport pickup was included in our booking but since I hadn't heard from the hotel I wasn't counting on it.
Tuktuks in Cambodia are a bit different than the ones we took years ago in Thailand and Indonesia: not factory produced, 3 wheel taxis. Instead the Cambodian tuktuk looks like a wooden carriage style trailer attached to any 100-125cc motorcycle. At more than 125cc, a driver license is required - so you don't really see that. IMG_7652.jpg
Tuktuks are the ideal transport for us as tourists because you can look out the open sides and see the countryside go by while the moving air cools you down. Plus, they are cheaper than cars and other transport. Win win!
The driving in Siem Reap was a lot less wild than we remembered in other countries. It actually seemed like there might be a speed limit. We arrived at the hotel and checked in. It seemed pretty dead and it took us about an hour to figure out why... the pool was thick with dark green algae and was completely unrecognizable from the pictures online. 838cffea-a..bd798fbc549.jpg
The pool was the main reason we choose this hotel but we were too tired and hot to Transfer right away, so we committed to one night.
After a shower and a nap, we flagged down a tuktuk and went to the central tourist district to check out other hotels, grab a meal, and have some drinks on "Pub Street". 232D3514EC90FF9FA2C72ADBFAF37D46.jpg Our first drinks: Angkor beer (the local brand) along with a cheap crocodile stirfry over rice, which was delicious. 232E20C4A0B9F9E975FB5AC201152037.jpg
The bill? $6.25 for two mains and three beers. We could definitely have done worse.
We tried out the fish pedicure for $2 each which included a free beer too, that was really weird feeling at first but a neat experience. 231AE52ED248AAAF16415D94937FD3D3.jpg We found a great hotel with a beautiful pool and they told us to come back around 1pm tomorrow to check for a vacancy. 231BD6360061D9D1D1FEBF92235F2B6F.jpg A little more walking around and taking in the city before heading back to the hotel around 1am. 231CB5D0FB6112AF3070CE4F9044ED08.jpg

March 12, 2018
It's taking us a few days to work through the jet lag. The 35 degree afternoons don't help - napping is definitely attractive to beat the heat. The pool is lovely and the swim up bar is great too. IMG_7431.jpg
Street food is around $1.75 for beef noodles with fresh veggies and beers are sixty cents. Great ingredients for staying fuelled up while wandering around town. 2331C3AFC15E82F02B433EC007861A38.jpg

Posted by Casualodyssey 18:28 Archived in Cambodia Tagged travel cambodia angkor tropical hot asia southeast reap siem

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