Quad Adventure Tour and fried snake :)

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about to land in Siem Reap

There was no drama this time unlike my Phuket trip where I almost miss my flight. It went smoothly and there was no delay, plane landed at 8am.

 

I don’t have accommodation yet, so the first thing I did was to search for a place to stay. Few days before my trip, I did research for cheap hostels and guesthouses. I am choosing between Jasmine Lodge and Rosy Guesthouse since I’ve got good reviews from other travelers. So I hired a motor driver for $2 to bring me to Jasmine. But while on our way to the downtown Siem Reap, this stupid driver which I forgot the name, pretended that he doesn’t know the place! Yes, this is a SCAM! And I’ve read this couple of times.

He then brought me to a place named “Angkor River Star Hotel, Bar, and Restaurant” which is pretty close to Central and Night Market; just few blocks away from Pub Street. I know he’ll get a commission here. But to not ruin my trip, to think it’s just my 1st day, I gave in and booked the single AC room for $12 a night with no breakfast or free internet connection. This is still within my budget so it was OK. But the annoying driver didn’t end his “business” with me. He insistently asks me to hire him for the next day’s Angkor Wat tour for $30, which later only costs me $10! Who’s on the right mind will pay for that! It’s bloody expensive! Of course I didn’t buy his words and told him to leave me because I just want to rest and I honestly don’t know what to do that day. He was then offering me a tour for that afternoon to see the sunset for $10, which later I found out free from $10 Angkor Wat tour if you buy the $20 ticket the day prior. He was trying to rip me off. He even has the decency to come back in the afternoon and ask me again LOL.
Siem Reap Airport

 

I just took a shower and went down to the internet cafe to check for things to do in SR. I came across on one of the traveling sites and read great reviews about Quad Adventure Tour. I checked the address and went to the place. Right then and there, I booked for the afternoon tour which will bring us to suburb place to visit the orphanage. The experience of driving the Quad in a muddy and slippery road really adds to my excitement. I joined the group of an Irish couple, French couple, and Aussie families. We were like 10 Quads in convoy. I was the second so I was somewhat leading the pack.

 

Unfortunately, we were not allowed to take photos or video while driving so I don’t have photos to share for the muddy roads we traveled.

Air Asia bus
We went to suburb and rural area away from the busy and touristy places of the city and visited an orphanage. Frankly speaking, their condition is closely similar, if not even better, to orphanages in my home country. We also have a lot of homeless and abandoned kids. And I would say these kids in Cambodia are even fortunate since there are private sectors helping them to build the school and their community.

 

After staying there for a while, we headed back to our journey. We were supposed to visit another place but since it was raining heavily, we decided to just go home as some roads are merely not passable already. Along the way people were so friendly, kids were all waving their hands; eagerly see tourists on their place, and everyone’s greeting you with their big smile.

 

We then stopped for a while for refreshment, dunno where the place is.

Siem Reap Airport 2
Then one of the locals showed me some of their exotic foods and dared me to try the friend snake. I was a bit skeptical at first because it doesn’t look appetizing or tasty. But for the heck of it, I tried one. And hey, it wasn’t bad. It just tastes like a chicken hehe. Then I dared these Aussie guys to try it as well like a fear factor challenge. And they tried it too haha.

 

After the attempt of eating this sumptuous dish, we continued our journey and headed back home. This time, it was really raining hard and we were all covered with mud and we’re soaking wet. Due to the rain, we finished the supposed to be 2-hour trip in more than 3 hours. We had so much fun. The trip was amazing and I was so happy that I booked it. The tour guide personally dropped me off to my hotel using his big dirt bike! Awesome ride!

 

That night, I went to the night market just few blocks away from where I’m staying.

riding a motor on my way to Siem Reap downtown.
It wasn’t that big and the price was not cheap either. So I decided to just go to the Pub Street area and look for something to eat. The menus in the restaurants look extremely pleasing but I chose to eat street foods together with locals and other travelers. Before midnight, I went back to my room and called the night off.

iramalama says:
I can so relate to this!
Posted on: Oct 29, 2009
darlingwish says:
friend snake or fried snake??? haha :D
Posted on: Sep 27, 2009
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about to land in Siem Reap
about to land in Siem Reap
Siem Reap Airport
Siem Reap Airport
Air Asia bus
Air Asia bus
Siem Reap Airport 2
Siem Reap Airport 2
riding a motor on my way to Siem R…
riding a motor on my way to Siem …
my room @ Angkor River Star Hotel
my room @ Angkor River Star Hotel
Palace
Palace
Siem Reap River
Siem Reap River
Quad bike
Quad bike
with our guide explaining how to u…
with our guide explaining how to …
in the orphanage in the middle of …
in the orphanage in the middle of…
with one of the kids in the orphan…
with one of the kids in the orpha…
oink oink
oink oink
yummy! hahhaha
yummy! hahhaha
isnt shes sooo cute :P
isnt she's sooo cute :P
in the orphanage with other travel…
in the orphanage with other trave…
group pic
group pic
SNAKE SNAKE SNAKE!
SNAKE SNAKE SNAKE!
FROG
FROG
its freezing cold coz its raining!
its freezing cold coz its raining!
yummy! surprisingly, it doesnt tas…
yummy! surprisingly, it doesnt ta…
hehee
hehee
taste like a chicken ;)
taste like a chicken ;)
me with irish couple
me with irish couple
me with the guide (*im not tall, h…
me with the guide (*im not tall, …
blue pumpkin!
blue pumpkin!
@ temple bar
@ temple bar
@ Pub Street
@ Pub Street
Pork rice... i loved it! ;)
Pork rice... i loved it! ;)
Siem Reap
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