Rustic Cambodia

Flight: Silkair
Time difference: -1 hour

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Visited December 2011

Day 1: Arrival in Siem Reap International Airport
Having been intrigued by Angkor Wat, I have always wanted to visit Siem Reap and its UNESCO sites. I would say that it was an atypical place for me to visit, as the places that I’ve been to had always been more of the developed countries. With a pretty last minute decision that was to be Siem Reap, we began trawling through the internet for a tour guide/driver, whereby we settled with our smiley and hardworking English-speaking guide, Koh Chhen.

Upon arrival at Siem Reap International Airport, we were picked up by Mr Koh Chhen, who then drove us to our hotel, Bunwin Boutique Hotel for a quick check-in. After which, we started out with a city tour.

01 CityWhile we usually worry about how accustom we would be to the local food, their cuisine was just yummilicious! For the budget conscious, we recommend the little café/restaurant called Khmer Kitchen. I simply love the dish called Amok, which comes with beef, pork, fish or chicken.

02 KitchenFor deserts, we hopped over to the opposite street to the Blue Pumpkin. Apart from ice cream, they also boast a bakery and a café on the second level.

03 PumpkinWe continued with our tour by visiting our first few temples, East Mebon and Pre Rup Temple. East Mebon was built to honour the King’s parents, while Pre Rup was a temple for the dead.

04 TempleAt night, we decided to check out the famous pub street, and with us ordering a beer to try it out, before heading back to rest.

05 BeerIn fact, there were so many pubs, you’ll be spoiled for choice.

Afternote: Our lovely hotel provided free transport to and fro from your destination. Before heading out, all we needed to do was to head to the reception telling them  where we wanted to go. They would then bring us there, but also provide a handphone which we could return call once we were done. Agreeing upon the pick-up destination, all we had to do was to wait for them to pick us up. A seriously wonderful and convenient service!

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