Our first stop after sweating through the Thailand to Cambodian land border crossing was Siem Reap, our hub for the next few days of ancient temple exploring.
Our arrival was at night, so our first impression of Siem Reap was a tuk tuk ride through hecktic traffic and buzzing streets, something that we would soon grow accustomed to. As we stepped out of our hotel we notice a food cart across the street, serving fried noodles with veggies and an egg for only a dollar…after a long day of bus rides and border lines we did not hesitate. Once happily shoving noodles in our mouths, we looked around and noticed that across the river from where we ate dinner was a large neon sign that read NIGHT MARKET. Naturally we gravitated like moths to these signs, rewarding us with a maze of narrow, colourful lanes full of any and every souvenier along with enthusiastic vendors.
The next day we were relieved to see a slight ease of congestion throughout the city, and took the first day here to check it out and rest up for our 3 days of Ankor temple explortaion. The sidewalks were filled with shops, restaurants, carts and vendors, some difficult to navigate around forcing you to reroute onto the consistantly busy street. Tuk tuks swerved by, a handful of vehicles dared drive around, and hundreds of motos filled the street (some with up to 4 people, more could be squeezed on if the passengers were small children).
The average temperature was 37 degrees, which made running around temples and walking around markets an exhausting task. We were often up eary due to the heat, and were able to see the monks finishing their early routes around town, collecting food donations from the shop owners. Later in the day the best way to beat the heat is either 50 cent draft beers or bags of fresh fruit sliced and ready to go.
The majority of our time spent here was venturing through the temples of Angkor, which was both exhilatating and historically enlightening. See details about our temple adventures here! Angkor Day 1