Siem Reap Travel Blog› entry 394 of 424 › view all entries
Arrived at last in Siem Reap, after a long day of buses, tuktuks, taxis and hassle!!
Siem Reap is quite busy with traffic but is a nice enough place. We also picked up a Lonely Planet copy for $3! Busy planning our Angkor Wat ventures now!
Cambodia is quite tough as there are beggers at you all the time and kids begging for food and money. It is hard but it says everywhere not to give them money as it keeps them on the streets and they rely on tourists too much. So instead of choosing a few kids to give a dollar to, we went to the Children's Hospital in Siem Reap (on the road to Angkor) and donated blood. They are in seriously short supply of blood so donors are needed. It is of course clean and new needles out of a pack etc, all disposed of correctly (well, like they do at home). The blood is tested to see if you are suitable to donate and then screened for possible nasties. The staff were very lovely and professional. The Children's hospital provides free care to children who cannot afford health care and is almost totally funded by external donations. Worth a stop on your way back from Angkor if you can spare a pint of blood and 10 minutes.