Dancing all the way to Siem Reap
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March 2nd, 2008 – by: worldcitizen
The difference between Cambodia and Thailand was pretty quickly apparent. Even though the border town on the Thai side was not spectacular, it was immediately clear that Cambodia was much poorer. It was really dry and dusty and much of the land was barren. I knew it was still the dry season but I assumed South East Asia would be green and tropical year round.
When we got to Siem Reap there were lots of huge luxurious looking hotels. We drove past all of these. When we got to our hotel, there was a woman on a motorcyle passing by just as our driver was pulling up. We assumed they would both slow down and determine who would go first. Wrong. Our bus hit her and knocked her off her motorcycle. Welcome to Siem Reap. We all got out and luckily she wasn't too hurt. And thankfully, unlike many people in Cambodia, she was wearing a helmet.
We were all pretty worn out from our early morning and long bumpy drive. Our hotel turned out to be pretty nice even if it didn't have a big marble fountain in front. I was also in a decent location, close to some of the main streets. We settled in and then most of us went to dinner at a place called Cafe Indochine. It's supposed to be really good but I have no recollection of what I ate so it couldn't have been that good. We had agreed earlier that day that most of us would wake up early to see the sunrise and hire a guide for the day to take us to Angkor Wat, Angkor Tom, and Ta Prohm. Yay!
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