November 21 – 24, 2011 Siem Reap, Cambodia

One of our favorite parts of the trip was visiting Siem Reap in Cambodia. It was such a delightful surprise. The people were very friendly and asking us to tell our friends to come visit. We stayed in a boutique hotel called Frangipani’s. They boast of employing people in their area and offer training and schooling. They also buy all the fruit, vegetables, and meats from neighboring farms. Plus it was walking distant to Pub Street and the markets.
 Our room
 view of pool from our balcony
 Gene lounging in lobby
 Tery relaxing in lobby
 street in front of hotel
view from rooftop
Walking around town you see everything from monks to street vendors roasting bananas, girls riding bikes to school, and an elephant statue right in the middle of the intersection.

There is a night market. The streets close down and vendors put up their booths. It is amazing to see it during the day and try and figure out how they collapse everything.

I had a foot massage at the night market by a blind man. They train the blind to make a living by giving massages.
I mentioned tuk-tuks before. It is a very easy and inexpensive way of getting around. Even though we were within walking distance to the markets we did indulge in a tuk-tuk or two by the end of the day. We had one driver that was new to it and got lost plus he wasn’t very good at balancing the motor bike!
On Pub Street there is a variety of places to eat and drink. One of our favorites was the BBQ joint.

We had a favorite day market that we did our souvenir shopping. There was spot in the middle where you can get something cool to drink. When you sit down they give you a cold damp wash cloth to wipe your face and/or place on the back of your neck. Very refreshing!

Here is a picture of some delicious prawn spring rolls, peanut sauce, and an Angkor beer
We did have some very good food while we were there.

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