Siem Reap: Getting dust in my eyes
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I didn't know what to expect in Cambodia, although I'd heard that the people are notably happy (or smile a lot anyways) and the country is beautiful. I'm pretty sure that traveling to Siem Reap, the biggest tourist draw in Cambodia for its temples of Angkor, isn't the most representative of life in Cambodia. Nonetheless, the people are quite upbeat and the country plenty beautiful. It's hard to believe that so many mines are still hidden in the countryside, and people continue to suffer casualties from them.
The tuk tuk ride from the airport was literally a blur of bikes, cars, bigger cars, and trucks rushing by in a cloud of dust.
Having risen early in Bangkok, I went into the tourist area called Psaa Char, grabbed a delicious and aptly named Cambodian soup from the tourist- and Lonely Planet-friendly restaurant Dragon Soup. I then headed home, intent to get a good night's rest before getting up at 5 am to catch sunrise at Angkor Wat, the largest temple in the temple region and the largest religious building in the whole world (according to Lonely Planet). Of course, for one reason or another, I couldn't sleep at all!