This is the second post in a series. The first post can be found here:
After visiting Angkor Wat, we stopped at a local restaurant for lunch. Matthew ordered coconut juice…and it was actually straight out of the coconut.
I was not prepared for all of the women and children outside of the temples that try to sell you things as you exit – bracelets, purses, shirts, flutes, books, postcards. They all run up to you and follow you to your vehicle saying, “Buy something?” “For your, three for a dollar.” It’s a good idea to carry some ones. It’s also a good idea not to carry any money at all. In the end, I ended up with five bracelts for a dollar from this little girl. Matthew later purchased two books on Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge.
After Ta Prohm we headed to our hotel to check in. We stayed at the Royal Crown Hotel and were greeted with a citrus beverage and a wet towel upon check-in. We got settled into our rooms and then Matthew and I set out to walk around town for a little bit before joining the others for drinks by the pool and on the rooftop terrace before dinner. I had a coconut mojito and it was amazing. For dinner we walked to Pub Street and ate at Le Tigre de Papier. By this point in the trip, we were ready for something other than Asian cuisine. Andrea, Karen, and I ordered wood fired pizzas and they were exactly the fix I needed! It was so good, that we ended up eating there the next night and ordering pizza again! If you are looking for a little Italian in Siem Reap, this is the place!
That finishes off day one! Each day was packed so I’ll have a bunch more photos coming soon!