Siem Reap - Tonle Sap


2007/08 Asia Trip Itinerary | Home Page 1 of 6 | Page Down  

                                                                                  Wat Bo Area
Wat Bo is a nice part of town with lots of guest houses, we spent our first two nights at Two Dragons Guest House and moved into the center of town to Pub Street the backpacker area for a change of pace, both areas are an excellent choice for accommodation


Across the gardens and opposite the royal residence is the tiny Preah Ang Check and Preah Ang Chorm Shrine.  It is considered a place of good fortune and it is common for newly married couples and their families to come here to make offering

Flowers and incense are sold at stalls around the shrine.  While we were watching deft hands folding back lotus petals to form these posies, a group arrived, bought their offerings and made their way to the shrine quickly followed by other groups

It seems customary for the brides to be beautifully but heavily made up


The colours change but the ritual remains the same.   As this couple entered the Shrine I was invited to join them and take photographs.   Photographers were on hand at the gates but I don't know whether they are there by prior arrangement or just hoping for business 


Ceremonies and photos over they release tiny birds for luck,  then leave for Angkor Wat, a fabulous backdrop for their next round of wedding photographs.   I think these traditional costumes definitely look better from the front, not too keen on the black dress shoes and socks either


                                                         Golden Temple Villa and Pub Street
As long as you are not averse to the colour orange you can do no better for budget accommodation in Siem Reap than The Golden Temple Villa.  Our room was a vision in purple and orange, we loved it.  Internet in the lobby was free as were tea and coffee all day in the restaurant,  we were also entitled to a free banana every day  The fact that Golden Temple Villa is in the red light district did not bother us in the slightest

2015, Reading Tripadvisor reviews it seems they are still giving great service and getting great reviews


The delightful Kaaey                                

The staff here were amazing.   Kaaey was studying English so he could become a tour guide.   He showed us his text book:  Suggested conversation for a wedding:  Are you feeling cheery yet?   Please put your bottoms up:  which we took to mean "Bottoms Up".  Also suggested as an icebreaker, "By the way are you drunk yet", sure to win you friends an influence people.  It's a miracle they speak such good English.  We could only wish them luck as we waved them a fond goodbye


2007/08 Asia Trip Itinerary | Home Page 1 of 6 | Page Down