CambodiaPosted by Jan Lamers 20 Jun, 2013 06:49:16
After crossing the border at Poipet it struck me how much poorer Cambodia is compared to Thailand. Here no big shiny SUV's but families on tractors, mopeds and in run down cars. Also road conditions are worse than in Thailand and although the road to Siem Reap is one of the country's best roads you still have to be vigilant for occasional pot holes with the size of a car. I was amazed by the Siem Reap tourist trap, an oasis of apparent wealth in a desert of poverty. Boutique hotels, restaurants of all sorts (one offering "finest Mexican and Khmer cuisine"), sports bars, espresso lounges, ATM 's on every street corner. You get offered tuk tuk rides and massages every 10 seconds. A place to get the hell out off. The next day I went to visit the close by Angkor Wat ruins. Truely one of the wonders of the world, I don't know if they are amongst the first seven though. I bought an entrance ticket and could ride my bike from one temple to the other. I wasn't able to get my bike close to the main temples but I could ride my bike around temples on the fringe of the complex.
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