After spending the last few days in Siem Reap, the second largest city in the country, my first impression remains largely unaltered. The crumbling temples are ridiculously beautiful, the food is delicious and the Khmer people are the friendliest locals I’ve met through our travels in Asia. Khmer friendliness seems authentic as opposed to other Asian countries where people often show interest only when they wish to help part you with your money. After a second visit, Siem Reap remains one of my favorite places on earth.
Dani and I spent three days exploring the weathered, 800-year-old temples via bicycle and tuk-tuk. We strategically explored smaller temples first, working our way up to the larger structures. The first two days we traveled by tuk-tuk, which, in Cambodia, is, just a trailer attached to a motorbike instead of a vehicle of its own right like Thailand. On day three we rented bicycles and slowly pedaled our way through idyllic rice paddies and explored random, un-touristed areas of the archeological park (yes they do exist!). The bikes were amazing except for the fact that the seats were so hard they screamed “HEMEROIDS!” when we sat on them. I’ll have a bike seat imprint on my bum for days!
Cambodia was the undeniable highlight of our trip. We had oodles of fun, ate great food, drank great coffee and saw one of the most impressive archeological sites the world has to offer. Not too shabby!