Arrived in Siem Reap. Fun and games at the airport between multiple immigration docs and hundreds of tourists trying to fill in and get to the desk before the queues start. Very humid and jumped in a taxi to the town. Taking Tara's recommendation we went to the Dancing Frog hostel but it was closed. Went a few doors up to the Mandalay, an old faulty towers French colonial building with more Mosquitos than guests. Went out to explore the surrounding area with the markets by the river, night markets with delicacies such as fermented hen embryos, spider, a type of Beatle a bit like a cockroach. Skipped these wonders and tried out some of the Khmer food. Some nice river prawns and a few beers.
I was surprised at the prices with the beer in the street restaurant costing around $4 and main dishes $6. The US dollar system here has got us searching for better deals.
We popped back to faulty towers and found the frog was open. Spoke to the French owner who gave us a good deal on a room ($14) and organised a trip to Angkor Wat for us tomorrow.
Before that though, we sampled more of Bar street. Not what I expected and really shows how travel has exploded. Could be an exotic Ibiza. Tried a few of the bars and clubs - Temple bar, X bar ( has a half pipe on the roof) with beer prices getting down to less than $2
Found a live music venue with Cambodias answer to 80's rock gods. Local beer down to $1.50, even better.
A few beers should help forget about the mozzies and looking forward to Angkor.