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Siem Reap Feb 27 - Mar 2, 2010

sunny 44 °C

Very early on the morning of Feb 27/10 we took a cab from Ayutthaya, Thailand, to Siem Reap, Cambodia. The drive to the border town of Poipet was approximately 3hrs. Roads were good, so we both slept the whole way. Heres a lesson on crossing the Thai / Cambodian border ... go straight to the government / passport building! Do not let your cab driver drop you off where some guy charges you $90 for a tourist visa! We had never crossed a border by foot before, so we had no clue where to go or what to do. We totally got ripped off, cuz we had no one to ask ... other than the guys at the border insisting we HAD to get our visas here. We found out later that if we had walked passed these touts, and straight to the building in the distance, that thats where you can get the exact same visa for only $35! Oh well, lesson learned.

Crossing the border into Camboida.
Theres not a whole lot of cars / trucks in Cambodia (other than taxis) ... mostly motorbikes, tuk-tuks or man-power, as seen below!

From the border to Siem Reap was another 2.5hrs. We had to switch cabs on the other side of the border. We stayed at the Angkor Spirit Palace for only $27 per night! I love Asia, I wish hotels were this cheap everywhere! The Khmer architecture was fabulous! The pool area was awesome, and the food was delish! It was located just outside of town, which we quite enjoyed, cuz your away from all the hustle & bustle of the town itself. You dont have to hear the loud booming music of the clubs all night long. Peaceful :)
By the time we checked in and unpacked a little, it was mid-afternoon, so we just chilled by the pool our first day.
Beautiful plumeria around the hotel grounds.
These big ol' toads would come out at night all over the hotel grounds! The body was the size of my palm! I've never seen toads this big before!! This guy was waiting for us in front of the door to our room.

That evening we hired a tuk-tuk & driver to tour around the countryside a bit. The photo below is of Kevin negotiating a price with our driver. Cambodian tuk-tuks are so much comfier than Thai ones. For one, you can actually fit in them, lol! The seats are cushioned, you can put your feet up, & its open-air so you feel the breeze! Just make sure you dont get one pulled by a bike puffing black smoke!
This is Phneachy Village just outside of Siem Reap.
Beautiful lily pad fields where everywhere!

Posted by ChantelleS 22:13 Archived in Cambodia Tagged cambodia reap siem

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