Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Day 1 of trip. Siem Reap

Today as I type this it has been one heck of a tiring day.

Early morning we took the bus to the KLIA LCCT and then thankfully it was a non-delayed Air Asia flight to Siem Reap.

Slept most of the way heh as I was still somewhat sleep challenged.

Arrival in Siem Reap gave us a nice surprise, Malaysian citizens no longer need to pay that US$25 entry visa. Yay for once a Malaysian passport does net some benefits after all.

We had a Land Cruiser pick us up from the airport and bring us to the hotel which is known as the Khemera Angkor Hotel. This is a NICE hotel as the rooms are HUGE and clean. This one is no backpacker joint though.

Enough about the hotel, we decided to go for lunch, silly us to ask the driver of the vehicle to bring us somewhere for lunch. Ended up being ferried to one of those 'rip-the-tourist' type places. OK it wasn't bad, but I am sure there are better places.

The next was a drive into the main city area. The city area is built upon a grid system. Very well planned actually. But unfortunately it is littered with peddlers of all kinds especially little children who are out to get your money.

We found this place that I was hoping to go to called the Blue Pumpkin. This is a nice little cafe run by a frenchie which is quite good. The drinks are good, food above average but what is best is the chairs :D Will post some photos later.

After the walking around, we took a trip to the Tonle Sap lake, this is one of the largest flood plains in south east asia. It is actually extremely dirty. Personally I wouldn't recommend this trip as there isn't much to see. It can be somewhat depressing as well to see all the little children living in such terrible conditions.

The boat ride will bring you along some floating villages and also will show you some of the harshest or rather poorest living conditions there can be. Homes that have to be dismantled due to floods.

The one thing that did interest me was whether there was any wildlife left in the lake. But no one would know the answer.

It started to pour like cats and dogs towards the end of the journey and we were lucky we came in an SUV instead of the motorcycle buggies.

We headed back to the hotel for a shower and then dinner at Viva, this is by far the best Mexican food I have had since leaving USA. Seriously speaking, it is damn bloody good. I am sure I will be coming back again before I leave :)

Then it was massage time. It was quite good, somewhat a mix of a Thai and Chinese style. You either love it or you hate it. Personally I like all massages so it doesn't matter hehe.

Then it was time to go to sleep, for tomorrow I shall go see the Angkor Wat.

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