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Siem Reap

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We’ve arrived in Siem Reap, Cambodia. I had a pretty uneventful journey across Sabah and Sarawak to Kuala Lumpur, where I spent the night in a basic hotel by the airport. Jeremy and I met up in the airport this morning and flew to Siem Reap in 2 hours. Since arriving, we’ve strolled the town. It’s interesting to be in a place where we’re flat out ignored. Well, not completely – we’re offered tuk-tuk rides constantly and seen as possible sources of revenue, but we’re not novelty items (well, Jeremy wasn’t in Malaysia either). No more kids running after me to have their picture taken, or shouting “hello!”. They would quickly succumb to exhaustion if they did given the number of tourists here. The construction of new hotels is crazy, targeting tourist from all over the world. There seems to be a large Korean interest in the place as suggested by the number of Korean restaurants, signs and tour buses.

Early tomorrow morning we’ll head to Angkor, probably hiring a couple of motos and drivers to take us there. At $5 a day, it’s a reasonable investment. We’ll try to get a very early start to catch the sunrise, come back in the heat of the day, and maybe head out again for the sunset. The first event for the Angkor Photography Festival is tomorrow night, and we have our passes and are excited to go and see the presentations by world-class photographers.

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Written by sockeyed

November 24, 2006 at 08:56

Posted in Photography, Travel

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