Saturday, November 26, 2011

Magical Siem Reap

Ive been in Siem Reap for 24hours now, and I can say that we (me, my sister Rania, and Danielle) are pleasantly surprised. This city is just so inspiring. Yes everything is clean and tidy because of the amount of visitors and tourists passing through, but putting this little yet "undeniable" detail aside, Siem Reap generates tones of emotions and goose bumps. It's definitely worth the fuss and the price (a 3days pass for $40). We went "temple hopping". All the sites we visited were magical and make you feel like you are part of an archeological expedition. Amazing! Apart from temples, we visited the local market. People are a bit pushy and they follow you around but its the paradise of fabrics and silver. Of course you MUST bargain or else they will, pardon my french, suck your money. Ah how could I forget the local cuisine! Amok is a local spice and part of the local speciality. We tried it with fish, it was a delight. We also had a Cambodian BBQ, with ostrich, crocodile and kangoroo meat. After a bad snake experience in vietnam, I was kind of sceptical to try something, lets say, "wild". But hey we are here, curious, and very hungry so yala, it cant be worse anyway. And it was not indeed. My carnivore-self was fully satisfied!
The Cambodian BBQ

On this nice note I will leave you as I am very hungry. I have uploaded some pictures, they are all taken with Hipstamatic, so I'm sorry if the quality is not top quality. I do have more pictures on my normal camera but we'll have to wait until I get back to Hanoi to see them! Until tomorrow for Round 2! enjoy.

Apsara Carvings at Angkor Wat

4 face Buddha at Bayon Temple

On the first level of Bayon Temple

A smal statue of Buddha

In Angkor Thom

Rania playing music with a local band

Banteay srei

Beautiful Daniele on Pub Street

Rania in Banteay srei

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