Siem Reap – day 349

A rather lazy morning as we recovered from two days of travelling, late nights, early morning and bad nights of sleeping! Pottered around the room slowly getting ready with a TV film on in the background as we both had a bath (it was amazing!) and then rinsed off in our waterfall shower. I think we have been totally spoilt with this hotel room – not sure I can or want to go back to slumming it again… 

Finally we were ready to leave the sanctuary of our room and did what we usually do on our first day in a new country – head to a couple of supermarkets to get a vague idea about prices so we know what we should expect to pay when we buy at a local store. We were both surprised to find that Cambodia is more expensive than Thailand – for some reason I thought it would be cheaper. Turns out that pretty much everything has to be imported which explains the prices but I’m not sure it’s going to do much for our budget!!

Had a late lunch in a small cafe before exploring more of the town. Visited sections of the night market, where I got to cuddle the cutest little baby in one of the stalls (one of the only stalls where we didn’t get hassled to ‘look’, ‘buy somethings’ or ‘help me out’). We walked in and out, up and down aisles looking at the well stocked stalls that sell everything – silverware, silk, wood carvings, stone carvings, Buddhas, paintings, rubbings, notes and coins, t-shirts, table mats… the list goes on. 

Walking back through the town to look at different food options for later on that evening. On the way back to the hotel, we walked past the Angkor National Museum which looms large on the road with nothing else nearby of interest. 

Back at the hotel, we washed some of our clothes and then got ready to have dinner with Hoai, a friend of mine from Vietnam, whom I haven’t seen in 7 years. We caught a TukTuk all together back into town and caught up over pizza and tiramisu. 
It was really nice to catch up and before we knew it, it was close on midnight before we were back at our hotel and going to bed. 

Tuesday 20th September 2016

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