Category: Siem Reap
|March 9, 2014||Filed under Cambodia, Siem Reap||
“Tuk-tuk?” “Massage?” “T-shirt?” “Tuk-tuk?” “Postcards?” “Tuk-tuk?” The never-ending propositions, chaotic traffic, and hot weather bustle of Siem Reap seem to annoy some visitors. To me, it’s just the reality of a hardworking tourist town.
Like the slow moving river bisecting the city of unpretentious buildings a few stories tall, the streets of Siem Reap flow with a stream of tuk-tuks, scooters, motorcycles, bicycles, food carts, taxis, cars, buses, and pedestrians. No one ever stops at intersections or crosswalks, yet everyone manages to proceed without incident. (more…)
|February 28, 2014||Filed under Angkor Wat, Cambodia, Siem Reap||
I traveled to Siem Reap, Cambodia to be bedazzled by the temples of Angkor. I was. But I was also charmed by the town itself, its environs and inhabitants. Once a sleepy village, Siem Reap has become one of the top tourist destinations in the world, as well as a landing place for many expats.
The je ne sais quoi that this town exudes comes from the juxtaposition of the old and new, East and West, urban and rural, local and international. The money-driven hospitality industry is balanced by “real” Cambodia, not rich monetarily but wealthy in spirit, kindness and culture. (more…)