I have two more weeks give or take a day in Siem Reap. I’ve done my temple tours and had a blast seeing the 10 temples spread over 3 different tours plus the morning at Angkor Wat. Siem Reap is a fun city to live in folks. My hotel is a little away from the downtown area. Walking to downtown takes about 10 minutes and you are at the old market and the Siem Reap River. From there you can reach shopping centers, restaurants and bars, Pub Street if you are so inclined, and other places like the Night Market which is fun to cruise through.
Down one street, Sok San Road are lots of restaurants and guest houses and so-called residences which look like more expensive hotels. The number and variety of Khmer restaurants is amazing down this street. I’ve found food for about $4.50 including two beers, noodles or curry or a dish like Amok or Lok Lak and rice. There are also very nice multi cuisine places where for a bit more you can get get western dishes. I could live for a long time on Khmer food but I do get the need for a burger or a plate of ribs or pizza. As far as pizza goes, right down the street is a small vendor that makes custom pizzas from a little stall. She has 9 different kinds of pizza and you stop there and order then visit the next coffee shop and get a smoothie or fruit shake. I don’t think there is anything comparable in the states to the food scene like in Vietnam and Cambodia.
In two weeks I go to Battambang which is the second largest city here in Cambodia. I’ll spend two weeks there and then go back to Phnom Penh and get some things done there I want like a haircut at the Tokyo Barber Shop and visiting a friend at a camera shop that got my FujiFilm camera fixed in Singapore.
My time is slowly ending for the touring around Cambodia I had decided months ago to do. I think the overall plan worked out well. I was able to get my multiple entry extension of stay retirement visa for a year in Cambodia. That was a huge deal for me. It provides the stability of always being able to re-enter Cambodia on the visa for a year.
In a little under two months I’ll leave for 5 months as I travel through Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand. That will get me through the first half of next year. By March, I will have the final part of the year scoped out and decided. I may go to Vietnam for three months in July and then come back and renew my retirement visa and then take off for China. I need to be back in Phnom Penh to get the Chinese tourist visa.
Anyways, just a grab bag of things which I’ve ben thinking of lately with the traveling between different cities here in Cambodia. Siem Reap has been a lot of fun and there is a lot to see and do here. I don’t think you would be bored here for a week or two. If you like food and having that occasional beer, there are much worse places. I have to admit though that Kampot really owns me now. I will get back there for a few weeks before leaving for Singapore in January.
Sitting here kinda watching the 2018 year come to an end, it has been interesting to see this first year of travel also come to an end. While I have not seen 30 countries and 3 continents in my year, I have felt very enriched by visiting the places in Vietnam, seeing Hong Kong again, getting to Japan, and finally Cambodia. The highlight for me has to be the time spent here in Cambodia and the time spent in my second home in Da Nang Vietnam.
The next few weeks I’ll be visiting more of the city, walking the streets and seeing local life here each day. Doing the usual camera explorations of city life, parks, and people. I never really have a plan on a place or thing to see. Usually its me and the feet and the camera.
Stay tuned though if you like reading my rambling and introspective approach to this slow travel mantra of mine. More to come!