Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Yeah so remember me saying that hitchhiking would prove to be difficult here in Cambodia??!! Well, guess what?! IT WAS!!!
After waiting a good while for a vehicle going in direction of Siem Riep, we eventually had to negotiate a lift there . . . well, that’s where we thought we’d be going, in any case!!
We ended up in some city, which at the time we thought was only about an hour away from where we wanted to go.
Ok, no biggie. We did end up only having to pay $5 for the two of us.
And we did travel for a good while, even if it wasn’t the most comfortable of means of transport!!
Just picture traveling in the back of a pick-up, on the dusty, unpaved roads of Cambodia . . . for hours and hours, taking in the dust from all directions!!
Traveling here was very similar to that in Laos, indeed.
In any case, it seemed as though we had journeyed for hundreds of kilometers, considering the amount of time it took to reach the destination.
We were burnt out by the time we made it to our destination. Well, not quite our destination, but the place where the driver would drop us off at!! :(
You should’ve seen us!! We looked like a couple of dust balls walking about with our huge backpacks, which were also covered in dust!!
Anyway, despite our physical state, our mental state was still in good condition. We were pumped to get to Siem Riep that day, so we were on a mission!!
We walked a good ways to get as far as possible from all the yelling men, who were trying to rip us off, claiming to take us directly to Siem Riep.
We’d already been tricked enough for one day, so we weren’t gonna have any more of that!!
So, we eventually got to a spot where things would turn out brighter for us.
We ended up landing a ride with this chap, who was going straight to Siem Reap. Perfect!!
And even though he wasn’t too thrilled about having a couple of "rich" foreigners catch a free ride in the back of his pick-up, he finally agreed to let us tag along.
It was an interesting ride too. Again, very dusty, but hey, couldn't complain at that point, since we were getting a free ride!!
The guy continued to nod his head at us, as if saying "you should be paying for this ride!!"
And every now and then, he’d stop and try to get us to get off, but we just smiled and stayed put. Funny!!
Again, he would mumble some words in Khmer, and then get back in and continue onwards.
And wow, what a relief it was, once we finally reached Siem Reap.
Didn't think we’d ever reach our destination, but we did!!
When we got out, we knew that this guy was going to fuss and try to get us to pay something, but Arnaud just used his charm, patting this guy on the shoulder, just smiling and saying "Thank You" with his eyes, and it was all good!
The guy finally cracked a smile for us!!! Great ending for such a long day!!
Once in Siem Reap, all we wanted to do was shower, and boy did we need it. I think Arnaud and I must’ve taken 2 or 3, back to back!!
God knows we sure did need them!! All the layers and layers of dust that came off of us!! Crazy!!
So, of course, we made sure to get our hands on some cash, in order to pay for a couple nights at the hotel.
We surely deserved it, no doubt!! And it definitely did us some good!!
Our stay in Siem Reap would be a magnificent one, which would include a visit to the infamous Angkor Wat, for sure.
It was truly a magical experience. Such a beautiful and mystical place, no wonder it’s classified as a "Wonder of the World."
Just wish we could have experienced this with a guide . . . just too expensive for us! :( Perhaps next time, though!!
You folks making your way this way, be sure not to miss this gorgeous place . . . it’s a site to see!! Enjoy the pix!
On passa donc toute la journée, derrière la camionnette pour Juanny et sur le toit pour Labosse.
C’était plutôt poussiéreux, à voir la vidéo !!
Arrivé à Siem Reap, on peut dire qu’on était assez éprouvé et très content de se payer une nuit à l’hôtel !!
On se prit 2 douches et demie pour enlever toute cette poussière !!
Dans cette ville, la meilleure chose à faire, c’est bien sûr de visiter les ruines et la meilleure façon que l’on trouva pour les parcourir, c’était de passer la journée en « Tuc-Tuc ».
Et quelle bonne idée, ce fut très agréable de rouler d’un site l’autre, prendre son temps, on s’arrêtait tranquillement pour manger un morceau.
On profitait du beau temps, de la grandeur du site.
Toutes ces ruines réunies dans un même endroit. Il faudrait une semaine pour tout voir.
Une journée nous suffit, le beau temps était là, la chaleur tapait bien fort, tout était réuni pour passer une journée bien remplie.
Pour l’histoire, j’en sais très peu, les guides étaient bien trop chers malheureusement.
On essaya quand on voyait un d’écouter un peu, mais c’était trop insuffisant pour que je vous en parle maintenant !!
La prochaine fois.