Siem Reap is a very lovely and peaceful place to stay for a while. You can explore so much things there. You can see th temples of Angkor Wat, eat at the street food markets, have a drink at the Pub Street and on top of that you can learn a lot from the Cambodian locals. Getting in touch with the locals and Cambodians history is even more worth it than all the mystic temples over there.
The first two days we did the big and small circle. It was great to see all the mystic temples out there and also to learn a little bit about the history behind it. The sunrise at Angkor Wat was amazing – nothing more to say ?
On our third day we did a boat tour to the floating village at Boeung Tonle Sap. After watching the sunset with a beer on a boat our Tuk Tuk driver invited us to his house to celebrate the Chinese New Year together and have dinner with his family. It was such a magnificent experience – you can’t even imagine.
The day after we did a bike tour to the backstreets of Siem Reap. All of a sudden a Cambodian family invited us to celebrate Chinese New Year with them. This was actually pretty cool to see how they celebrate it. They told us that they celebrate the Chinese New Year for three days in a row. But not all of them, because they don’t have enough money to celebrate for three days. Once you have been there you realize how much you really need in life to be happy. On the same trip later in the day we drove by a war museum and decided to jump in. This was the best decision we could have made. The museum itself doesn’t look like you should go in, but an old men told us it will be emotional. As it turned out this old men was our guide for the next hour and also a former Khmer soldier. This one hour was really kinda eye-opener. His personal stories and experience about the war and life he shared with us were quite mystic – I can’t even describe it! I’m so glad we jumped in. This day was the best one in Siem Reap.
One thing you shouldn’t miss out in Siem Reap is the Angkor What Bar. We had such a great time. We were dancing all night long and headed back to the hostel at 5:15am. There is nothing wrong with that, but the bus was about to pick me up at 9:30am in the morning to Battambang. I almost missed the bus, because the bus was right on time and I was 5 minutes late. But at the end it worked out ?
Big thanks for this great time in Siem Reap to Luca, Chloe, Paul, Patrick, Anja and Sandra.
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