Cambodia Journals

First Day in Siem Reap

One Day in Angkor Is Not

Rocky Start to My Morning

My Last Day in Siem Reap

Phnom Penh
Photo Albums
Siem Reap and Angkor

Phnom Penh
Links relating to
my trip

Earthwalkers - The inexpensive
place that I stayed. Very nice for
the price though a bit out of the
center of the city.

Spring Guesthouse - This was an
extremely clean place in a decent
location in Phnom Penh.

Other Sites:

The Blue Pumpkin - My favorite
cafe in Siem Reap.

Hotel de la Paix - This boutique
hotel is right in the center of town
and is wonderful.  I couldn't afford
to stay there but I
could afford to
have afternoon tea there!

Carnets d'Asie - Excellent
Khmer/French food and

Elephant Guide - This is a site
that I have been using to find
accommodations in South-East

Cafe Fresco - I had one of the best
ever here! Focaccia
with eggplant, roasted peppers,
onions and hummus. The bread was
soooo good!

Khmer Borane - The restaurant in
Phnom Penh where I had 'fish in
palm sugar'. Sooo good!

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My Cambodian Experience...

Highs: Riding through town on a motorbike; things being cheap out here; excellent food and bakeries;
Angkor Thom at Angkor; boat ride from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh; watching the boat races during the
Water Festival.

Lows: The dirt that blew into my face while sitting on the back of a motorbike; the absence of a sunset
(due to clouds) when I was at Angkor Wat; briefly 'losing' my wallet.

Best Moment:  Watching the crews of rowers on the Mekong River in Phnom Penh during the
Water Festival.

Smells: Incense; food aromas (some pleasant, some not so pleasant).

Sounds: "Lady. Want a tuk tuk?"; "lay-deeeeeeeeee"; little kiddies saying "Hello!" as you walk by.

Sights: The town of Siem Reap; the temples at Angkor ($20 for a one day pass); saffron-colored robes
of the monks; people looking like bandits because they have scarves/bandanas around their face to keep
the dirt off; homes on stilts in the middle of the water; naked kids bathing in the brown water.

Tastes: Amok fish ravioli with coconut cream sauce; lots of wine; gazpacho; lime and pineapple sorbet;
afternoon tea at the Hotel de la Paix; Khmer cuisine; freshly cut pineapple at Angkor; mango smoothies;
summer rolls with shrimp and mint; banana leaf and squash blossom salad; fish in palm sugar; green
mango and dried fish salad.

Purchases: A Lonely Planet for Cambodia ($3) and a Lonely Planet for Vietnam ($5); a couple of
small paintings; new flip-flops.

Street Food: Fruit; cut and seasoned fruits and veggies; cut sugar cane; skewered fish balls.

Fun Food Finds: Diet A&W Cream Soda; Diet Dr. Pepper; Pepperidge Farm cookies; Kettle chips.

Western Companies Out Here: Dairy Queen.

Other General Info...

Visa needed? Yes. You can get it upon arrival at the airport. It is $20 US and also requires one

Type of currency? The Cambodian riel. About $1 US is equal to 4000 riels. They also accept US
dollars everywhere out here so there is no need to get the local currency.

Things Cambodia Is Known For: Angkor Wat; Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge; Maddox
(Angelina Jolie's adopted son).

Religion: Buddhist.

Costs: $325 (including visa, airfare, airport taxes, sightseeing,hotels)
October 31 - November 5, 2006
Near a floating village.
The jungle overtaking a temple.
Cambodian fruit stand.