Siem Reap

The main tourist attraction in Siem Reap is obviously Angkor Wat and the other temples, which will have a blog post all to themselves, but we did do some other things while we were there.

The centre of the town caters pretty thoroughly for the tourists, with plenty of restaurants, souvenir shops and places offering those fish pedicures. You can browse these at your leisure and are only bothered by offers of a tuk-tuk every four seconds or so. Mr Beet and I develop a slight addiction to a place called Blue Pumpkin, where we stop every evening for an ice cream cone.

Our only excursion from town, apart from to Angkor Wat, was to Kompong Pluk. We took a tuk-tuk, then a small boat, then a bigger boat, which took us to the village, which is on stilts above Tonle Sap lake. The water is at its highest now, but in the dry season the houses are about 8m off the ground. After lunch in the village, we transfer to a dug-out canoe for a paddle around the flooded forest. This is really eerie, you’re in a boat but also in the tree tops.

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Also, I treat myself to a massage.  I’ve been tempted a few times on my travels, what with lugging the backpack all over the place and what-not.  But I’m always a bit concerned that I won’t be able to distinguish a legitimate massage place from a “love you long time” massage place.  But this massage is booked through the hotel and I opt for the “Khmer special” which is illustrated by a picture of the massagee being fully clothed, so it looks like a safe bet.  The masseuse speaks no English, but is fiendishly strong and pounds me back into shape.

More photos of non-Angkor Watty things in Siem Reap are on Mr Beet’s flickr page.  

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