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Seeing Siem Reap & Angkor Wat
By Suzanne Bowles
25 October 2010

Disembarking with our luggage to cross the border by foot from Thailand took well over an hour. Most of the group obtained their visa’s after a four hour bus ride from Bangkok. We then travelled by bus from the Cambodian border another four hours to Siem Reap.  The scenery was spectacular and the contrast between Thailand and Cambodia is immediate and lots to look at.

Siem Reap is a small, quaint relaxed town, full of fabulous cafes and markets.  The Khmer food and spice are delicious, tarantulas are on the menu amongst other interesting dishes if you are adventurous.

Angkor Wat is one of the largest temples in the world, breath taking, amazingly spectacular and not to be missed.  Rediscovered at the end of the last century by French explorers, this vast ruined city is becoming one of the most popular ties in Southeast Asia and a must to visit.  They are so incredible, it is almost like a fairytale being in amongst such beauty and wonder.

With over 2,200 temples in the area, the girls I travelled with soon got templed out and we did skip some sadly.  This was my second visit to this region and I more excited knowing what to expect.  Temple of Preah Ko a pyramid temple and symbol of a magical mountain, Bakong Temple, Lalei Temple and Ta Prohm Temple to mention a few are very special.
Up at 4am to explore Angkor Temple at sunrise which was lovely and one of the worlds most impressive ruins to be seen.  We then went to Angkor Thom and Bayon temple which is so picturesque and amazing to see at first glance, you can see faces and half closed eyes staring out from a primitive and remote time.  Lots of walking around the Elephant Terraces and surrounds.

Central Market is a busy local market, a favourite is the Night Market which was really lovely, not so crowded and we all got our feet chewed on by little fishies, a place called Dr. Fish in a large pond as we sat on the edge drinking a cold drink and could stay there for as long as we wished.  At the night bazaar some of the girls had their hair shampooed whilst seated in the market area followed by a shoulder neck and back massage.  They didn’t need to shampoo their hair for many days following, it looked terrific indeed.

Flying THAI was terrific, the service overall.  We were offered water during the flight and also two meals between Melbourne and Bangkok return.  The flight attendants made sure you were comfortable and very caring

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