CAMBODIA FOR ONLY $10

The month in Myanmar was tough travel. I decided to spend some recovery time and evaluate my travel readiness. So I stayed in Bangkok to recover from my last sickness and visit the hospital about my butt rash. I’ve been to every Asian country, some several times, except Cambodia. From Bangkok a bus to Siem Reap, Cambodia is only $10. I was feeling better, so I thought I could do it.

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WE CHANGED BUSES 4 TIMES, THIS WAS THE “PATH” ACROSS THE BORDER
I didn’t know much about CAMBODIA except that’s where Unesco’s Angkor Wat is.

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THE BORDER CROSSING WAS QUITE CHAOTIC
The bus stopped a restaurant to grab a bite and use the bathroom.

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TAKING A PEE WITH A “VIEW”
I’m going to visit ANGKOR WAT, first. The guide book suggest renting a bicycle.

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I OPT FOR THE TUK TUK, I’M NOT THE ONLY ONE
I talked with several cyclist, they’re taking the Tuk Tuk tomorrow.

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AFTER ANGKOR WAT WAS PARTIALLY ABANDONED IN 1600, THE JUNGLE TOOK OVER
Almost as interesting as the temples? The hordes of Japanese and Chinese tourist.

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I’M NOT SURE IF THE DIGITAL CAMERA WAS A CURSE OR A BLESSING?
I had a great (English speaking) Tuk Tuk driver.

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MR. SKIPPY

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One of the more interesting temples was the BAYON TEMPLES

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The movie TOMB RAIDER starring Angeline Jolene was filmed here.

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IT WAS THE MOST CROWDED SITE, I THINK THE MOVIE SITE WAS A BIGGER DRAW THAN THE ACTUAL TEMPLES
Part of the preservation of the temples are some re-constructions.

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SOMEONE HAS ALREADY VANDALIZED THE RE-CONSTRUCTIONS, UN-BELIEVABLE (notice the missing nose)
I asked someone what happen to all the missing heads? “they’re in Thailand.”
The most well preserved and crowded temple was the ANGKOR WAT TEMPLE. It was surrounded by a mot, so the jungle wasn’t able to swallow it up like the other temples.
Their were monkeys hanging around entertaining the tourist (sorry no photos). I met a cyclist while walking, told her I wish I had ridden.

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YET SHE DIDN’T NEED MUCH CONVINCING TO ACCEPT A RIDE BACK TO TOWN WITH HER BIKE
Doesn’t matter the age, everyone is expected to help the with the family needs. I captured this scene while leaving the temples

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CHILDREN GATHERING FIREWOOD FOR THE FAMILY TO COOK WITH
I fell in love with SIEM REAP. I started and eventually ended my Cambodian trip here.

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NIGHTLIFE CENTERED AROUND PUB STREET (touristy, but hey I’m a tourist)

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HOUR FOOT MASSAGES $4
I stayed at the BAYON SHADOW GUEST HOUSE. What a great place, wifi, free breakfast, access to the swimming pool , GREAT restaurant.

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“SUMMER” WAS COMING AND THE POOL WAS A WELCOME RELIEF (so was the room Air Conditioning)

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THE BAYON BREAKFAST WAS GOOD, BUT MADE BETTER WITH MY HOMEMADE FRUIT SALAD OF DRAGON FRUIT, BANANA, WATERMELON AND YOGURT
Keeping it true to the name, Jeffs Bike Tour. I rented a bike for $2 a day

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SHORT RIDE FROM “TOWN”

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THE INFRASTRUCTURE CAN BE A LITTLE CONFUSING AT TIMES

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“GET ON YOUR BIKES AND RIDE”
Sorry this took so long to post, but again, adventure travel is work. I couldn’t find the 6-7 hour window to do a post.
Thanks for reading and commenting
Jeff
MY PHOTOS
NEXT? BATTAMBANG BIKING, BEDBUGS AND BAMBOO TRAIN

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