We enjoyed Cambodia immensely. Why?
- we hired a great guide before arriving and planned where we wanted to go and when (he was actually one of the first guides operating in Siem Reap at the end of the war and also had a hand to play when the television show, The Amazing Race, visited Angkor Wat);
- the food was fabulous;
- Siem Reap is a marvelous city with a great Night Market and ridiculously fun Pub Street;
- considering what Cambodians have been through (and not all that long ago too), they are warm and welcoming;
- the ruins of Angkor Wat are awe-inspiring on oh-so-many levels;
- Blee joined us while there;
- Karen and John joined us for a bit while there (they are friends of ours who live in our condo); and,
- the trip up-river to the Floating Village was out of this world amazing.
We had a gorgeous suite at the Le Meridien Angkor during our stay, which is a short hop to the ruins, and had one of the best breakfast buffets of our stay. The bar was great (and empty) and the spa on site professional and very affordable.
2) our awesome suite at Le Meridien
3) we had a daily gift from the team while in residence; 4) the Le Meridien pool – perfect for cooling off after hiking the ruins
7 & 8) the lobby with; ) its teddy bear donation Xmas tree … of course we bought and donated a bear for the kids in the hospital next door
9) G relaxes in the Naga Bar
10) everyone busy watching the show while I photograph them; 11) I was amazed at how intricate some of the hand and foot movements were
12) petals for us all; 13) beautiful
14) the band was hidden behind the dancers; 15) Blee with my Angkor beer at the show with Theirry peeking out from behind the bottle
16 & 17) scenes from the Night Market
18) need a hat?; 19) or t-shirts?
20) lilies at the hotel garden; and, 21) directly in front of Angkor Wat
23) a short video of Angkor Wat take from just outside the moat
29) the first level of Angkor Wat has a gallery of bas-reliefs that cover most of all four walls
30 & 31) they portray scenes from the great Hindu epic the Mahabharata and Bhagavata-Purama (pick up any book by the late Joseph Campbell – he provides anyone interested in this with the most accessible re-telling)
32) the south gate at Angkor Thom – on the left gods, the right demons who protected the approach to the city; 33) a close-up of the demons
34) the main gate looking back north; 35) off the beaten track you’ll find new friends
78) Touich Restaurant is HIGHLY recommended if you ever visit; 79) from there we headed to Pub Street for – too many – drinks
80) we stopped into Red Piano – the bar that made Siem Reap and Pub Street famous when Angelina Jolie visited
81) sights and sounds from the balcony of Red Piano
86) we are still trying to figure this sign out?!; 87) yes, it’s blurry but when you have 50¢ cent beers from 10PM to close and $4 pitchers (probably of boot-legged alcohol smuggled in from Thailand) what do you expect!