So we are in Siem reap. If anyone still does not understand why we came here, is in order to explore the temples of Angkor.
Here we planned to stay for 4 days, which settled in the hotel Aliance Villa. The hotel is great, especially when you consider that we booked it for stock with 50% discount and paid for the room a little less than $ 15 per day.
Here, according to tradition, amenities:
Everything you need in room: air conditioning, TV, hot water shower, window and even Breakfast. The hotel staff is just super friendly and very helpful. Was so pleased by their helpfulness that I felt even slightly awkward. The hotel was always quiet and we never saw any of the guests, while all accommodation was occupied. That all the rooms were occupied, we learned when I arrived. Our new fellow traveler with whom we were going to get a taxi from the border, but came on the van, also went with us to the hotel, but places for them was not. Was free only single room but for $ 20!
The only downside of the hotel was just what before him had led the asphalted road and after a rain with the main street, had to walk about 100 meters through the puddles. But in General, the position of the hotel is great, very near the night market and pub street, and, at the same time, very quiet.
But, of course, we arrived in Siem reap not to stay in the hotel, so we immediately went to explore the city, and at the same time and decide as we would for three days to visit all these temples. To invent anything we were not going and had planned to hire a tuk-tuk for all three days. Long search was not necessary, and literally on the next street we picked up a guy and offered his services. The price tag for a three-day trip to temples including large and small round and a trip to Tonle SAP lake began with a $ 60 but ended up at 50 for $ 15 for the first two days and 20 per trip to the lake. This is a fairly standard price in the same hotel we were offered for 55, well, a few respondents tuk-tuks we called the same price.
In the end, all of our the next three days in Siem reap looked like, I think the standard for all the tourists here this: morning Wake up and Breakfast; boarding a tuk-tuk and travel, photography, climbing through the ruins to the point of exhaustion; yet before dark return to the city, a small snack and walking around the city before dark. All the details paint will not, because on the website there is a whole series of articles-travel guides at Angkor and Siemreap there and read the necessary practical information. Will focus only on the heart of Siem reap.
Day here, as I understand it, to do practically nothing. A day in the city walking mainly only tourists who have just arrived or are about to leave. The whole crowd at that time on the outskirts of Angkor and the lake. Here's the pandemonium are sometimes seen near some ruins.
Fortunately, not everywhere and not always.
By evening, the whole tourist tusnya moved back to the city and pours into the streets. At this time, is not overcrowded in the city. Something I do it even reminded Pattaya, I don't know why.
Tourists are just walking, sitting in cafes and restaurants, the food feet fish in aquariums.
This is not a joke. Tourists do feed the fish. This is the fish massage, and while you sit and SIP a beer or Pepsi-Cola, fish work, eating with your tired after many kilometers of Hiking through the ruins of the feet rough and dead skin. Feeling just super, but super ticklish. Definitely suggest this case to try, especially because there is such a massage from 1 to 3 dollars. The range of prices on fish and the simple massage huge. At one point we sat for 10 minutes for $ 1 + free one drink to choose (it's a coke, beer, sprite, etc.). And after 50 meters on the more noisy and crowded intersection the same massage no drink is offered for $ 3. So.
Of course, everywhere there are traditional massages at great prices, plus you can still haggle.
But this tightness is not everywhere, only in the center on Abstrat, at the night market and the surrounding area. If you move a little bit away, then it becomes very quiet.
And a good half of the tourists grazing the night market, looking for something as a souvenir. The market prices the first time can be overwhelming, but if you haggle, you can buy all at very low prices.
Well, something where you can still find cafes and such:
But do they sell "magic" pizza, we have not tested. Much more interesting to us, these cafes:
One day we returned quite early, and immediately went for a walk and something to eat. When our hungry tummies got another batch of peppers, we decided to sit near the river and drink beer with chips. For this session we stuck to the local youth. They behaved very arrogantly and rudely, and was taken from us almost all the chips, but the beer we defended. Not true, of course.
Here is the youth:
In fact, these kids walked themselves played in the vicinity, and the most minor of them, as the brave began to flirt with us and ask for chips. At the end, he is already quite brazen, and I just snatched them from our hands.
And while I was dealing with this insolent, sharing with him the remains of the chips, my fellow traveler with horror and astonishment lamented, how can such little kids walk by themselves. Indeed, the situation is quite dangerous. Near the road, where full-bodied movement, where they even had a little accident, when the motorcyclist to avoid running across the road grandma put the bike and myself to the side. On the other the groans of the river which are not protected, and is only to come closer to the edge as possible to Multichoice in the water. But these kids aged around 2 to 5 years of age walk by themselves. Moreover, they managed to come to us on the other side of the river by the bridge, ran around us, ate all our chips, and then back again to the other sides where, incidentally, also was the road and there was traffic. And during that time we did not notice that someone behind the children looked after. Here is education for Cambodian. I would have understood if this happened in the village, and there right in the centre of a bustling tourist city...
Here this story and fish foot massage in Siem reap I remember most.
To say that Siem reap is like, nothing to say. Although, honestly, I enjoyed not in the heart of Siem reap, like in Angkor. And Siem reap, it is, a place where to stay and eat. If not for Angkor, I don't think anybody would have looked.
Well, here are some more "beauties" of Siem Reap.
In the next post will be only selected photos from Angkor
The sequel to "Photo of Angkor"...
🕒 November 23, 2018
We spent in Chiang Mai four wonderful and very interesting day. I really wanted to stay there longer, but the road was waiting for us. The next stop on our journey was Cambodia, namely Angkor. This was our first visit there, but not the first in Cambodia. The road from Chiang Mai to Siem reap, turned out to be eventful, I decided to write about it separately and in detail. To get decided through Bangkok, as it is the most reliable and Mature route. Practical information about how to get to Siem reap, I set out here. To Bangkok from Chiang Mai the day before dispatch we bought the tickets at the station, bus station Arcade, to contact the travel agents did not. For tickets to the first class bus (night) gave 538 baht. Here are prices:
So we are in Siem reap. If anyone still does not understand why we came here, is in order to explore the temples of Angkor. Here we planned to stay for 4 days, which settled in the hotel Aliance Villa. The hotel is great, especially when you consider that we booked it for stock with 50% discount and paid for the room a little less than $ 15 per day. Here, according to tradition, photos of hotel
I know brother Bob....(The Golden calf) And in General great, well done!!!! And great pictures, clear. Very love it. Direct memories of Cambodia came flooding back, thoughts povilioniene.... Thank you! ...
And our guide in Cambodia told me that baby strollers in Cambodia, a tremendous luxury and not all of them can afford it. She has a little daughter and she doesn't like rice likes milk and bread. And it is very expensive. How to complain about us. Our guide cost us$ 20 a day. For the money we were offered a minivan with driver and guide and a very professional story. Truth is correspondence with her I started from Moscow. ...
And now it's just a series of photos from Angkor. Describe what, where and how, I do not see sense. Will be ready in a guide to Angkor with a map (already started here), they think everything you need can be found. Photos will be in several consecutive posts.
The next point of the trip was to Pattaya, where we planned to stop by in a few days to spend there. We were not in Pattaya for almost three years and it was very interesting to see how the city has changed over time. Changed dramatically, but more on that later. .While we waited for the road from Siem Reap to Pattaya. At first we planned to get there about the same route as I travelled here from Chiang Mai, only to go had in Chiang Mai and of course Pattaya. Ie from Siem Reap, transfer by taxi or minivan to the border crossing, and from there the bus to Pattaya. But a devil pulled me to go to a local siemirowice a travel Agency and ask how much is the ticket for the tourist bus to Pattaya. Well, to be honest, hell this is the need to collect information about transport and ways of moving for the site, so it was planned. Well, when I found out that moving from Siem Reap to Pattaya by tourist bus costs only 18 dollars, and at the same time leaving at 8 in the morning at 17 o'clock we will already in place, I couldn't resist. I knew it would be a trick, remember, that gave themselves earlier vow not to use more tourist buses in Thailand, but it was too great was the temptation. Yes, one would test the route, then to share with you, because on the chaise in this way we (there was another 6 hours, 10 and 12) already got (more on that here). So I bought two tickets for tomorrow at 8 o'clock in the morning, trying to figure out all the details (but I no one was able to explain where the bus arrives in Pattaya), and finally specify whether the bus will arrive in Pattaya in 17 hours, and received a solid affirmative answer. The company, which organizes the TRANS ...
About Pattaya write somehow doesn't want to. But not to throw out this stage of the trip, because it took place. And no matter is that Pattaya is so bad. .No, actually it's a great place, it is no wonder it is the most popular resort in Thailand. But what can you do in Pattaya, I remember when his first meeting for more than seven years ago is very different. Then it was another city, mysterious and attractive. And now I know almost every street, all the shops and entertainment, etc. Nothing new in Pattaya, I this time have not found, though not been here for almost three years. We had originally planned to stay in Pattaya for seven days, to sunbathe and lie on the beach. But for three days all so tired that in the morning on the fourth day we weighed and went out. But it is more likely my problem than Pattaya. For newcomers to Pattaya should stay the same interesting resort and entertainment city, and the center of the sex industry of Thailand. Although, I'm deceiving you. Something in Pattaya very much changed even in four years, what is there to speak about the seven years. On changes will tell photos:
From Pattaya to Ayutthaya accessed directly only by taxi, at least to us of any direct bus unknown. By taxi the ride is not a budget, so we decided to get on the chaise through Bangkok. To bother with the big bus and the bus station in Pattaya we did not, of Luggage we've a very little, only a couple of backpacks, and so we went the simple way: go to the minibase through victory Monument. Total, leaving the hotel at 6 a.m. at 12 moved to pre booked hotel in Ayutthaya, Grandparent's Home. He spent 160 baht. A little more paint about the road, suddenly someone come in handy, though, information on how to get to Auctau here already written enough. In General, from Pattaya to the bus stop Victoria Monument from different places travel mini-bus services approximately every hour. Rather, it is in theory, they depart approximately every hour, and in fact, if passengers there, they can delay sending for half an hour and even an hour until they get enough passengers. In a way, they slightly more than an hour, cost 100 baht or so. To find the nearest location you can send them by asking at the hotel reception or simply finding a place while exploring Patati. Near to our Guesthouse, the location was near the Central Festival, came to him on foot. When it arrives to the Victoria Monument, we will have to find another mini bus to Ayutthaya already. To explain where to find it, it makes no sense, just better for the Mets to ask passers-by or drivers. He is already about 60 baht in the way too about an hour. Travel often. Well, to Auctau they arrive right in the heart of the tourist district of Ayutthaya in the North-Eastern part of t ...