15 – 17 August 2012.
Siem Reap has been described as “the life-support system for the temples of Angkor Wat” which are only a few kilometres away. I’d guess that 98% of the tourists who go to Siem Reap are only there because they are going to Angkor Wat.
Consequently, we found Siem Reap much different from Phnom Penh, its most notable feature at first being rows and rows of various levels of tourist accommodation. Our hotel (above) is quite towards the top end.
Notice the temple lions at the front door. I have learnt that when you see lions in Cambodia, the seven headed snake (naga) won’t be far away.
And here it is! Notice the tuk tuk in the background, hoping to take someone on an Angkor Wat tour.
Incidentally, Siem Reap means “Siam defeated”, a reminder of the constant rivalry which has existed over the centuries between these neighbouring countries.
Our hotel featured some rather lovely orchids:
We were treated to traditional music in the hotel lobby.