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Angkor What?

The greatest jewel of Cambodia is Angkor Wat and all the ancient temple complexes surrounding it. I won't get into much detail about what Angkor Wat is because you can Wiki it for yourself and gain some knowledge along the way. Words cannot describe how awe-inspiring these ancient ruins can be. In person, they are mammoth and makes you wonder how the heck did the people from back then manage to do this. The ruins are almost 1000 years old and still standing. Time and war have done some damage over time but it still is magnificent to behold. We spent 3 days wandering through about 12 of the main temple complexes but there are lots more that we didn't get a chance to see because of time constraints and because our feet were killing us.

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Posted by okamalyes 06:45 Tagged cambodia Comments (1)

Fish massage

Feet tired? Sore? Why not try a relaxing foot message in a tub full of dead-skin eating fish? On one of the nights after bar hopping, we ran across an aquarium full of small fishes. After further inspection and "hello miss, you try?", I thought sure there couldn't really be any harm in it. Interestingly enough it tickles and sometimes you can feel the suction from the mouth of the fishes.

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Posted by okamalyes 05:54 Tagged cambodia Comments (3)

Eating bugs

Bugs and other types of creepy crawlies are a staple in the Khmer diet. It's convenient, cheap and filled with protein. You'll find them on roadside stalls being freshly fried in oil. We decided to pick up a couple and try it out to see what all the hype was about (well Jose tried it, I observed from a distance). According to Jose, it was tasty. Hmmm.... I think I'll pass on this one.

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Posted by okamalyes 15:59 Tagged cambodia Comments (3)

What kind of room can you get for 25USD a night?

It's ridicuously affordable to stay in Cambodia. Most guest houses vary in price from $5-$55 per night depending on your taste and what suits your need. I used Tripadvisor as a tool for researching places to stay in Siem Reap and The Golden Temple Villa was ranked in the top 5. For $25 per night you receive free pickup/dropout off at the bus station, a refreshing welcome drink, a free massage, a real bathroom with toilet (more about that in a later blog), a private balcony and free wifi. The customer service here is fantastic. The reception staff speaks at least 3 languages fluently and we are always greeted with a friendly Khmer smile. Plus it's within walking distance to the night market and pub street.

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Posted by okamalyes 15:44 Tagged cambodia Comments (1)

Karoake Queen

Khmer people love to sing. A popular past time is going to a KTV and reserving a private room for a couple of hours. It's like a mini club complete with disco ball and private hostess that attends to our drinks and music selection. Jose didn't even get a chance on the mic because my twin cousins took over and sang their hearts out. Our total tab for the night including beer and snack food was only $21.

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Posted by okamalyes 16:36 Tagged cambodia Comments (2)

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