After the 1st day with Chark in the temples we gave ourselves a day off to recharge, dive in the pool and get psyched for the next day of temples. Day 2 was a little bit different. The ''fltiNNG vLLaGGhe'' as pronounced by the locals (floating village), is a dirty, noisy milking station for tourist dollars, and had I not navigated the wierd boat on the way back the experience qould have verged on total disaster.
Siem Reap is a quite small place, with a few swarming streets where most of the action outside the temples happen. The main street ''pub street'' has something for everyone, except for some peace and quiet. Luckilly that can be found by ducking just a few meters into one of the side streets.
Here we have found crocodile meat, fresh spring rolls, a bar that serves drinks while you are reclining on a suspended bed, gently swaying while sipping a drink that tastes almost exactly the same as your dinner. The Khmer kichen it seems simply cant make a single dish without making sure there is enough lemongrass in the food. Then they double that, just to be on the safe side. This by itself is mostly palatable, but maybe not in my drink as well?!
Aside from lemongrass, Siem Reap has something called Dr. Fish. This is cleaner fish that eat the old skin from your feet while you enjoy a complimentary beer. Ticklish and refreshing!
Today we rented bikes and took control over our own tour into the Ankor empire. One word: AMAZING! If you plan on going here you MUST have at least one day spent paddeling down the flat roads surrounding the temples. The sense of freedom and connection with the jungle you simply cant get in the backseat of a Tuk-tuk.
More about horses, ponchos and the way on in the next patch.