After a five hour bus drive (with an insane driver who booked it the entire time), I arrived in Siem Reap. When the bus arrived, I took a tuk tuk to the hotel and could already tell how different Siem Reap is from Phnom Penh. It's not a huge city but there are tons of people and cars everywhere. Since I was still a little sick, I decided to take it easy and just walk around the area, which included Pub Street, which was crawling with liveliness. However, didn't stick around too long since the temples were on the agenda right in the morning!!
If you know me, then you know I'm a morning person. However, waking up at 4 AM was brutal. We left in our tuk tuk at promptly 4:30 AM. We left so early because we needed to get our $20 admission tickets. The office was crawling with people trying to get their tickets and go to the Angkor Wat and see the sunrise. Despite the long line, we made it in time for sunrise. It was absolutely gorgeous seeing the sun rise over the temple and having the silhouette reflect off the water. The early rise was definitely worth it. We then spent the rest of the day visiting the other temples such as Bayon and Angkor Thom. All of the temples we saw were absolutely breathtaking! And a definite must see.
The last day was spent relaxing in the city. There are so many cute cafes you can go to and enjoy a nice cup of tea. In addition to that, the massage parlours are so cheap. For $2.50, I got a foot rub for an hour at Temple Massage. So cheap and so worth it!! I also got a manicure for $5. All steals. Finally, Night Market was a must for the evening. It's like a typical market but more clothing and definitely cheap too.
My week in Cambodia was amazing. The people are so nice and it's definitely a great country to visit. The only thing about Cambodia is that I didn't expect it to be more expensive than Vietnam. I thought it would be just as cheap but I found myself going over my budget more in Cambodia than in Vietnam and even so far in Thailand. Since the genocide was only 35 years ago, the country is still trying to build up and they definitely will in time! Great country that didn't deserve such horrible atrocities!
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