Enter Siem Reap; Cue the relaxation and introspection

So here I am now in Siem Reap. It’s nice to be back here. Restaurants, food, and bars. Friendly people. Great smoothies. Down the street from my place is a nice little coffee house where the owner showed me the afternoon drink menu first off. Its warm here so an iced latte in the mornings tastes really good. Then I come back to the room for awhile and enjoy the coffee and listen to music or read news. No real hurry.

Today I went to the Missing Socks Laundry Cafe where they make the best waffles! Its a friendly little cafe, with good wifi, and the people treat everyone very nicely. I can sit there with the coffee after a late breakfast, let things slowly spin down and then leave. Not really knowing where I shall go I end up at the Old Market and get two cheap t-shirts that started at $10 for 2 and I talked her down to $8. I could probably have gone inside the market and got them cheaper but it does not really matter. I just get these cheap shirts, wear them awhile and that’s it. I’ll probably go again and find a new belt or I will wait until I get to Phnom Penh and go to the Central Market for that one day. I don’t really need much else.

Tonight at about 5 or 6 will walk down to this other restaurant I found and try some of their Khmer food. I have a hankering for something like Lok Lak or fish amok or something. Have not had either of those for awhile. Then it will be nighttime again and the day is over and another day cues up. Another day with really nothing much to do so tomorrow will visit this nice bakery for coffee and pastries.

Siem Reap is probably the best foodie destination and I really enjoy the different types of food one can find. Mexican or burgers. Italian or Chinese. French or whatever. Its all here for you. At some point I will visit the Angkor Wat sites again but I have weeks until that time so will probably not rush it. I want to go to the museum again as well. Its all walkable for me from where I am.

Its a great excuse to stop and get a smoothie at this nice little coffee shop and read on the kindle or just sit and watch the sights go by. The smoothies are fresh and the shade is nice. I can just watch the day go by with no real interference and think about the last 5 or so months on the go. I had wondered last year what the days would be like seeing the three places I got to see. It was a great time going at that slow pace I go.

I’ll be ready for Vietnam in June for a few months. That trip is all in one country and I already have the visa that gets me in. Something tells me the remainder of this year is gonna go kinda fast. Come October after Laos, I will be visiting Kampot and Kep for a few days before flying out to Taiwan. It’s gonna come soon I think. It will be strange to get back to the US again. It will have been almost 2 years by the time I go back to visit.

Author: Michael Perry

I've been blogging for over 20 years and now am living in Southeast Asia. The blog is about my slow vagabonding wherever I want to go. My home base is in Cambodia but I'm rarely there.

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