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Siem Reap from a tuktuk driver’s perspective (part II)

Posted by on May 13, 2012 in All posts, Cambodia | 0 comments

By sunset we had found out that our tuktuk driver Chang was 44, that he enjoyed to picnic with his family and that he was going to show us his special picnic place. It was also going to be a great position to watch the sunset. It sure was! A lively area composed of two parallel streets that come to life at night with a major number of food vendors, clothes and toys stalls framed by uncountable blankets and rugs being unfolded to make up the picnic seating for each family. A small funfair was another bright attraction for children featuring a merry go round, car scooter and over-dimensional swans at the adjacent lake, taking youngsters for a boat ride. Chang would drive up to the picnic sites and chat up randomly selected people, showing us what Cambodian people...

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Siem Reap from a tuktuk driver’s perspective (part I)

Posted by on May 12, 2012 in All posts, Cambodia | 0 comments

Worn out after the six hour bus ride from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap but not tired enough to go to sleep, we took a Tuktuk driver and gave him a task: to show us around your city till sunset. Chang, the tuktuk driver, enjoyed the freedom but was struggling with responsibility and started driving very slowly because nothing came to mind. Finally, we proposed some temples. Glad he had a clear destination, Chang showed us the wats along the way, one by one. There are so many little wats in Siem Reap! Most are not mentioned in the guidebooks for a reason :) However, it was a relaxing ride to see Siem Reap’s quiet and almost empty side, as tourists only come here to go to Angkor Wat and hang out at crowded Pub Street in the centre...

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