Jun 082012

From Bangkok, we took the government bus to the Thailand-Cambodia border.  It was only 200 baht and takes you to Rong Kluea market where you take a quick tuk tuk ride to the border.  Our tuk tuk driver dropped us off at a scam visa place, but Mike smelled a rat and quickly got us out of there.  There is a lot of scamming going on at the border, so you have to be on your guard.  It helps to know exactly how much the visa costs and always look out for government-looking buildings.  We finally got through to the other side where a driver from our hotel was waiting for us.  Our hotel, Motherhome Inn (which is great btw!), arranged for someone to pick us up since they get customers who get scammed all the time and then never show up to the hotel.  Crazy!  Not cheap though, $40 for the ride from the Poipet border to Siem Reap.

We drove for 2 hours in a torrential downpour and finally got to Siem Reap.  Angkor Wat and all the other temple complexes are close by (around 15 minutes away for most of them).  We hired a tuk tuk driver for 3 days ($13-22 a day depending on how far you’re going) out of the 4 we spent there.  It’s $40 for a 3 day park pass.  It’s pretty amazing since you hire the driver for the day and he’s yours from sunrise until sunset.  Luckily for Samol, our driver, we knew better than to go see temples in the dead heat of the afternoon.  Usually we were back at the hotel by noon and didn’t go out until 4 or 5pm to catch the sunset.  Even then, it’s still insanely hot at 8am in the morning!

Mike in our Tuk Tuk

I’ve broken up the recap into the main temples:

Angkor Wat

Angkor Thom/Bayon Temple

Ta Prohm (Tomb Raider temple)

Banteay Srei and Ruolos Group

And, check out The Everyday Magic photos for Siem Reap!

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