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Published: April 11th 2016
Our hotel included a free pick-up form the airport. I had spent ages finding a hotel that was nice and near to Pub Street. When we were here last time, we spent a lot of time going to and from Pub St so we wanted to be able to get there within a few minute’s walk. So, we were a little surprised when our tuktuk drove past Pub St and carried on for another 10 minutes down dark, quiet streets. We checked in and I asked the manager how far away Pub St was and he informed me 2.5k. I checked the booking and had a look at the map position and distance information which stated it was only 700 meters away! The manager just stared at me. I was furious! Anyhoo, we were only here 3 days so we just got on with it. We got the free tuktuk into town and had dinner in Hardrock cafe. Then we went for a walk around Pub St. We didn’t remember it being so wild. Very noisy and clubby.
Next day we went for a walk around the markets and bought some clothes. I was
looking forward to lunch as my memory of the last time here it was extremely cheap and delicious. This time it was not as cheap and I still had no appetite. I think it was just too hot. The whole of Siem Reap had lost mains electricity but lots of places had their own generator and their fans still worked. We had a foot massage and then went back to the hotel.
We had arranged for a car and driver the next day to do the temples. As we had been to the major temples last time, we decided just to get the one day pass ($20 each) and go to some of the temples we hadn’t seen before and finish in Angkor Wat around 4.30pm. I had heard Angkor is quiet round 5pm as everyone leaves to watch the sunset. Our driver didn’t speak any English so there was a bit of confusion about this and we ended up at Angkor around 3.30pm. We took some photos we had missed out on last time and then walked around the temple. Believe it or not, we quickly felt like ‘been here, done that’, so we spent little time in
here and headed to a nearby temple that many people watch the sunset from. It was quite a climb up a hill. We had seen a sign at the bottom saying only 300 people were allowed in at once but that didn’t mean much to us. When we finally got to the top, we realised that meant there was a giant queue to get in. We waited about 10 minutes before realising there was no way we would be getting in anytime soon and therefore would miss the sunset. Quite ‘templed out’, we walked back down the hillside and went back to the hotel. A long, hot day led to a lazy evening in our air conditioned room.
Next day we got a bus to Battambang for $7 each and took around 3 hours.
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