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Cambodia - Siem Reap

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Hey everyone, our trip is coming to an end soon :( but we are happy to come home and see all of our friends and family. I know I know, we havn't been updating to blog everyday like a lot of you want us to, so again I'm making excuses but we have been in Cambodia for a week and we pretty much drained ourselves everyday out in the heat checking out all the amazing temples that are apart of Angkor Wat.

So we last left off with our happy easter post to everyone back home, Sarah drew that message in the sand on our last day in Koh Phangan. It was a great island, very relaxed on the north end where we stayed at the cookies resort. After drawing the message in the sand, we left the island with Kevin and Jamie and headed to Koh Sok for a few days and then flew from Surat Thani to Bangkok. Because Kev and Ja'mie didn't have much time left on their trip, we Sarah and I couldn't decide what we wanted to do with our last few days, Kev and Ja'mie left for Cambodia after a day in Bangkok. Sarah and I stayed another night or two in Bangkok and then met up with Ken and Clara again after they returned from Koh Phangan. Ken and Clara's thai visas needed to be renewed and they also wanted to go and see Angkor Wat in Cambodia so we decided that we would also go with them to spend a few days in Cambodia and see the worlds largest religious site: Angkor Wat.

After a 5 hour bus ride from Bangkok to Aranyaprathet, the border town where you cross to Cambodia.
Poi Pet, Cambodian Border

Poi Pet, Cambodian Border

Crossing the Poi Pet, Cambodian Border

Crossing the Poi Pet, Cambodian Border

Poi Pet, Cambodian Border

Poi Pet, Cambodian Border

Once we crossed the border, and payed a small bribe to the Cambodian Custom officials for an "express visa" we got a private taxi from Poi Pet (the Cambodian border town) to Siem Reap where Angkor Wat is located and also where our hotel was located. It was about a 2 hour taxi ride down the straightest, flattest, and hottest road we had been on in a long time. The road was surrounded by farm land which actually reminded us of home. We arrived in Siem Reap around 6pm and we were completely worn out from the day of traveling and we were almost in shock when we arrived at the hotel.
Streets of Siem Reap, Cambodia

Streets of Siem Reap, Cambodia

Streets of Siem Reap, Cambodia

Streets of Siem Reap, Cambodia

Streets of Siem Reap, Cambodia

Streets of Siem Reap, Cambodia

Streets of Siem Reap, Cambodia

Streets of Siem Reap, Cambodia

Streets of Siem Reap, Cambodia

Streets of Siem Reap, Cambodia

Streets of Siem Reap, Cambodia

Streets of Siem Reap, Cambodia

Local Cambodian Boy

Local Cambodian Boy

We knew that the hotel would be nice, we had booked in on agoda.com for 25 USD a night and it was rated as a 4 Star hotel, but we had no idea how nice it would actually be. It is called the Smiling Hotel Resort and Spa and it definitely lived up to its 4 Star rating. Upon arriving we were met by a bell boy and several smiling staff members. We were shown to our rooms and were very impressed.
Smiling Hotel

Smiling Hotel

Smiling Hotel

Smiling Hotel

Smiling Hotel

Smiling Hotel

First Room at the Smiling Hotel - Bed

First Room at the Smiling Hotel - Bed

First Room at the Smiling Hotel

First Room at the Smiling Hotel

First Room at the Smiling Hotel - Bathroom

First Room at the Smiling Hotel - Bathroom

Although we had a bit of an issue with the A/C we got it sorted out and then enjoyed some much needed R&R at the pool which was nice and cold (exactly what we needed after spending the day traveling). We made sure to make use of our complimentary robes and slippers while we were there too, after all we were at a 4 star resort and spa!
Sarah and Tyler looking Posh

Sarah and Tyler looking Posh

Sarah, Tyler, Clara and Ken looking Posh

Sarah, Tyler, Clara and Ken looking Posh

Posted by Thai-Sarah 20:11 Archived in Cambodia Tagged tourist_sites

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