Siem Reap, A Magical city inspired by the Great History
All that we were hoping when arrived in Siem Reap is that we find a decent hostel to stay. The tuk-tuk driver that drove us around charged us much more then he supposed to, our head was still dreaming of the beaches in Thailand, we could see dirt and dust everywhere, so we were certain we did a mistake for coming here.
All this feeling disappeared once we took a shower in the lovely hostel we found for no more than 10 dollars per person (remember bargain with them, always for everything) , and slept till noon the next day.
It was a bit struggle for a good coffee in the morning, and there are only few shops where you can buy all the supplies you need while you’re there. The good thing is that you can rent a bicycle for a dollar a day, and it will serve you very good. It is good for the pocket too, as the tuk-tuk drivers will always find a way to get more money from you, even making up heartbreaking stories about their life. From our own experience, if you don’t feel like cycling every day on the heat, learn that you should not pay more that 15 dollars a tuk-tuk ride, no matter how many people fits in.
As the closest city to the world famous temples of Angkor, you would expect to see some action in the town itself. The town opened in front of our eyes the night we went out to check it out. There are few main roads which are transforming into night market almost every night, where you can have snake and spider dinner or drink cocktails in the many cool looking bars around. The food is various; there were Italian restaurants, as well as Vietnamese, any classic European dishes you feel nostalgic about while traveling. At the market there is a lot of silver and gem stone jewellery you can buy, souvenirs and hammocks to take back home, different people to meet and share the experiences.
It used to be a Cambodian provincial town with few facilities, not much to see and few hotels to stay in. The many backpackers willing to take the tortuous road all the way there were the only tourists that visited the place. In the past decade Siem Reap is barely recognizable from the one in 2000. We did enjoyed it a lot.
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