Before we went to sleep we had a midnight snack at a local restaurant next to our hotel. We had some really nice soup with noodles and vegetables. The people worked there were almost all lady boys and they were so funny and served really good food.
The first morning in Siem Reap we started our tour at 10 o’clock. We went to the entrance gate to get a 3 days pass for the temples. There are 1, 3 and 7 day passes. The 3 days you have to use within a week and the 7 days within a month. We took the 3 days because it’s the same price as two single days.
We did the short tour with a tuk tuk and started at the most famous of all temples, Angkor Wat. It is an amazing trample and the biggest attraction of the ancient city of Angkor, the capital of the Khmer Empire. The city of Angkor was a megacity and host of at least 0.1% of the global population during the years 1010 and 1220.
Before going on we had to buy a hat for Ari because the sun was just too strong the day!
We continued our tour to Angkor Thom, Bayon, Ta Keo and the Ta Prohm which is famous from the movie “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” with Angelina Jolie.
In the evening we went to the old pub street of Siem Reap and found a Mexican restaurant called “Viva Restaurant”. The food was good and we met an Australian couple which was really nice. We went back to the hotel after dinner because Ari didn’t feel that good.
The next morning we started the big tour to the temples that are a little bit further away. They are very similar to the ones from the first day but one was different. There was a lake surrounding the area of the temple what looks very beautiful.
We ended our tour in the early afternoon. We booked also for the sunset on the top of a small mountain and we were told that there is a beautiful view. But we were hen also told that we have to be there on top early because they only let a fixed number of people up there. And waiting 2.5-3 hours in the hot sun of Cambodia to see the sun go down together with another 300 people or whatever seemed a really stupid idea when we were thinking again and we told our driver to go back to the city and drop us at the hotel.
For dinner we were looking for a restaurant called “Genevive’s Restaurant”. We found it but they didn’t have a table for us, all tables were full. So we went to a local restaurant the next door. They had some really good dumplings and other local food. And for the price we can’t complain at all.
After having dinner we went down the old pub street and ended up in a bar called “Angkor What?”. We started with a gin tonic, continued with a bucked of gin tonic and another and then got a bucket of Whisky Coke from some guys next to us who just ordered it and then maybe though it’s too much but anyway they didn’t drink and we had on for free. Enough buckets for today and time to go to sleep. He next day we will go to Sihanoukville by hotel bus in the evening. That’s supposed to be another adventure!
We went for lunch to “Genevive’s Restaurant” after we checked out at the hotel. This time it wasn’t as busy as the evening before. They have a good social aspect to hire people there: they hire everyone who applies for a job as long as there is a position available. And the food was great! Ari ordered a whole fish. It was a big 1kg of fish a forgot he name of but it was delicious. Well cooked wig vegetables and rice noodles on top. I ordered fish and chips.
We walked down to the old pub street again and went for a massage. I don’t remember the name of the place but it was by far the worst massage I ever had! So we left when they finished one hour later and walked in at a place where they do foot massage for 1$ per 30min. Not to bad but in the end we probably found the two worst places for massage in Asia!
After this bad experience we went back to the hotel less relaxed then desired. We waited for the pickup service who dropped us at the bus station where we entered our “room” for the night. In the beginning it was a little bit claustrophobic. There were like double beds up and downstairs. The ones upstairs had windows, the ones downstairs not. And of course we had the one without window. But that were some quite spacious small rooms for two people. It’s better if you can share it with someone you know. If not then it can be a little bit too less privacy to spend almost 12 hours together 😉 This of course depends on the luck you have with your new “roommate” 😀
The journey needs some time to get used to be in a small room without window on the bumpy roads of Cambodia. But after a while I felt asleep and the 12 hours to Sihanoukville went by really fast. In my opinion this is a good option to travel if you are not traveling alone and for the price of 18 or 20$ it was really comfortable, also for me with a size of 1.85m. And of course: I don’t want to think about what happens in case of an accident! Good luck!