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Published: August 16th 2010
I've been in Siem Reap for just over a week now and I have to say its becoming my favourite place. After the visit to Vuon I did a tour to one of the floating villages on the Tonle Sap, which is the biggest lake/river in South East Asia and is home to many different villages who are either literally floating on the river or houses built on stilts.
It was a fantastic tour because after our boat trip we got to walk through the village (we could walk because the water level is not at its highest yet). Sometimes tours can be a little bit kitch as they go to really touristy towns where the locals try and sell you things and beg for money etc but at Kompon Kleang there was none of that. It was fabulous to walk through and see the kids walking to school and the adults going about their day in the markets.
Finally after nearly a week in Siem Reap it was time to hit the temples. Unfortunately because its the rainy season there is often a lot of cloud in the sky so my sunset expedition was a fail. I went
Local Fish Monger
This lady thought we were hilarious for taking photos of her, I can't blame her.
to bed hoping that the clouds would stay away for sunrise as I was taking a bicycle there at 4.45am. Once again I was disappointed but I'm glad at least I made the effort so I know I didn't miss out on anything. After sunrise at Angkor I cycled back to the guesthouse and got a few hours sleep before Tuk Tuking it out to some of the other temples. I have aquired a trusty Tuk Tuk driver, whom I have used for everything but for the life of me I cant remember how to say his name! Terrible I know.
I have to say that althought Angkor Wat was great, I liked Ta Phrom the best because it seemed to have more character. How much more character can you get than 12th century I hear you ask? Well I don't know I think its the vibe of the thing y'know?
Thats about the news to date, I am staying a bit longer in SR to do some volunteer work at a childrens home but should be on the move by the end of the week.
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