The Tuktuk Tales
Transportation in Siem Reap is very basic. You either take a car, tuktuk, or bicycle.Tuktuk is a motorbike drawn cart where the passenger sits at the open back while the driver on the front. Upon arrival at the airport, we were met by our hostel representatives with our names being flashed. Prior to meeting with my pick up, we talked to Coli's friend Chanda to ask whether he can refer a good tuktuk to tour us around the city. Then my tuktuk driver started getting mad asking why the hell I'm asking somebody else for a tour in the city when he is already there. We later realized that work ethics in Cambodia rule that people should respect whoever got in line first. My tuktuk driver got there first so he deserved to get the tour job. So okay, we decided to let him tour us around the city for the morrow.
Sunrise in Angkor Wat
And so to cap the day's temple-thon, a hike to the mountain to see the sunset and the whole view of Siem Reap is a must. One caution is that the sun can be too hot while waiting at the top, but you must be early because it can be really crowded and this site is only open until 5:30pm. The structure cannot hold so many people that local officials had to control the influx of tourist atop the temple.
Siem Reap's night life was also active. Teeming with so many tourists, you won't be surprised that there are also several clubs that caters to each visitor. As I understand, there is quite a lot of happenings out here but we found ourselves in this place called Pub Street. Had dinner in a restaurant named Blue Pumpkin, where I learned a valuable lesson when in a different country. That is- you have to make sure that you pronounce your order clearly. Below is the transcription:
Waiter : What do you want?
Me : I want to have Avocado shake. Do you have Avocado?
Waiter : Yes we have.
After 3 minutes, waiter came back with a cup of coffee.
Waiter : Here's your afugado. (afugado is a cambodian coffee blend)
Me : No, I didn't order coffee. I said Avocado Shake.
So poor waiter. Replaced the coffee with a Mango Shake because they didn't have Avocado Shake.