Friday, May 11, 2012

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Arboretum Guesthouse - Home away from home.

Our tuk-tuk (driver: Mr. Lam)

We flew out of Singapore on a direct flight to Siem Reap with no expectations.  We knew it was small, remote and a bit third-world, but this hidden gem truly surprised us.  There are small hotels and Guesthouses everywhere.  Plenty of restaurants to choose from and the markets had deals better than Bangkok.

I have to admit I was a little weary of the Guesthouse we had reserved in advance, for the sole reason that we have never stayed in a hotel with the kids, with no pool for longer than a really short overnight.  The location of this particular Guesthouse was exactly where we wanted to be ~ a short stroll to the famous Pub Street where all the action is and a short tuk-tuk ride to Angkor Wat.  So, we booked and upon arrival the amazing managers had already checked out some options for us to swim at a pool down the street.  Love that place and all the helpful, wonderful staff.

First stop, Arboretum garden bar for a Welcome to Cambodia, Cambodia tap beer (or a few)!  After hydrating, we headed out to Pub Street to find dinner and Little Miss M spotted these Fish Pedicure tanks.  She insisted and didn't want it to end, "those little fish nibbling on her toes."

"Can we do it again tomorrow mummy?"
Sure, but maybe daddy can take you, while mummy and auntie Megan are getting their $10 - 2 hour massage! 

Little Miss M wanted a fish pedicure everyday after getting her feet dirty at the temples. 

For a brief second, she was a little nervous about the fish nibbling her toes.

Water Buffalo in the rice fields

Guess who found some new shades at the night market!

Riley found a new favorite beverage - Fanta

Saturday night Fish 'n Chips at the Arboretum ~ yum yum!

The best fish 'n chips ever! Perfecto Chef Mike!

Yes, those are USD prices.

Place to skip in Siem Reap:  The Crocodile Farm. 

These crocs were lining themselves up when they saw the children walking down the corridor.  Like they knew where the bridge would break and everyone on it would be fair game... get the picture.  Needless to say, we didn't stay long. Creepy, disturbing place!

We enjoyed everything else about this magnificent area ~ the temples, Tonle Sap Great Lake floating village tour, the people, all the fun markets, cheap massages and foot reflexology, wandering around the dusty streets and riding the tuk-tuk with Mr. Lam.  The best part of the trip was the welcome we would receive when arriving back to our wonderful clean Guesthouse in the heart of it all.

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