|Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia|
We flew from Luang Prabang, Laos and landed in Siem Reap where we hired a taxi to our hotel. Here's a tip for anyone planning a trip here, know that if you don not have a tour guide set or your hotel picking you up, these taxi drivers expect to make a sale on you. The whole ride was a semi-aggressive interrogation of how long we were staying, what we planned to see, have we hired a driver, etc...Used to these sales pitches, we stayed vague and said we had a guide arranged which then seemed to tick the driver off. "Why isn't he picking you up then?" He asked. He went on to explain that it's no good for him to make these airport runs unless he can get further business from it, so we should be warned the next time we come to Cambodia. The taxis cost $7 from the airport and it's about a 10-15 minute ride. My guess is they pocket $4-5 for the ride and for the going rate around town, that is fair. If you want to skip the awkward sales pitch (or the refusal to turn up the car's air-conditioner once they learn they can't make more money from you), walk outside the tiny airport and hire a tuk tuk for $2.
We stayed at a guesthouse in a room for $8 with the idea that a fan would do...WRONG! Unless you have grown up experiencing South East Asian dry seasons, a fan will do nothing for you. And when the power inevitably cuts out at different points in the night, be prepared to wake up instantly from the little sleep you have accumulated and jump directly into a cold shower. The heat aside, two days exploring the temples of Angkor was a spectacular experience.
|Preah Khan Temple|
|Ta Prohm Temple|