Friday, December 28, 2012
Christmas in Cambodia
We have Christmas holiday from Dec 22 to January 7. Taking advantage of this long break, I decided to travel to Cambodia and Thailand. I flew into Siem Reap from Dumagute (via Manila) to meet up with a friend from Seattle. There, I toured a fishing village on stilts among mangrove forests, rode tuk tuks around pub street, and explored one of the 7 worldly wonders in Angkor Wat.
Our tuk tuk driver taking us to the river boat tour. It is common to hire a driver for the day, negotiating a price before hand and then paying when you reach your final destination. You just have know how to negotiate a good price, otherwise the drivers bet on your ignorance and charge 3 times more than its value. It was a long ride from our hotel to the tour, took about an hour each way. At least there was a nice breeze and shade from the tuk tuk. Here we are passing by rice fields.
Bird-eye view from the elevated walkway overlooking the river.
Boat-eye view of the fishing village.
Tuk tuks at night, Siem Reap.
Angkor Wat, East Gate - there were less tourists at this gate, thanks to our guide we were able to avoid most crowded areas and get some of the best photo ops.
This monk actually wanted to take a picture with me first, so then I snagged a second photo for myself.
The traveling trio - Jef, Anna, and Andre. I met up with Jef and Andre (two Americans, Jef I know from Seattle and Andre I just met on the trip) in Siem Reap to tour around for a few days. Then we all crossed the border together into Thailand where I separated from them for a few days while visiting relatives in Bangkok. I met up with Jef and Andre at the end of my trip in Chiang Mai, Thailand to ring in the New Year properly.