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Siem Reap 2013

The name Siem Reap means the 'Flat Defeat of Siam': today’s Thailand (Cambodians call Siam or Thailand 'Siem'). It refers to the centuries-old conflict between the Siamese and Khmer peoples.
It was because of the victory during the 16th century over the Thais which King Ang Chan counter-attacked, and where Prince Ong, on an elephant’s back, was shot dead at this battle field; the Thais were routed and no less than 10,000 Thai troops were captured.

However most of sources mentioned the final defeat of Angkor Kingdom by the Thais from Ayutthaya in the fifteenth century. The city was abandoned since then.

From the 16th through the 19th centuries, the feuds among the Cambodian lords caused the interventions and domination from the more powerful neighbors, Vietnam and Siam.
Siem Reap, along with Battambang and Sisophon, major cities in the north western part of Cambodia, were under Siamese rule from time to time until the French rule.

In 1901 the École Française d'Extrême Orient (EFEO) began a long association with Angkor by funding an expedition into Siam to the Bayon. The EFEO took responsibility for clearing and restoring the whole site, when Angkor ruins were rediscovered.
In the same year, the first tourists arrived in Angkor - an unprecedented 200 of them in 3 months.

Today, Siem Reap serves as a small gateway town to the world famous heritage site of the Angkor temples. Thanks to those attractions, Siem Reap has transformed itself into a major tourist hub.

 

 

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We were driven in a Tuk-tuk to our hotel; the traffic was as chaotic as in Phnom Penh, it often approached head on. The tuk-tuk drivers wore a numbered vest and an id, to instill a sense of order and safety with the tourists. The streets in Siem Reap were a lot cleaner than in Phnom Penh.
 

 

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Our stay for five nights: Central Boutique Angkor Hotel, booked through RiksjaTravel.nl. It featured a colourful, lush tropical garden, but the pool you see there was closed for some reason. A disappointment when you return sweaty from a tiresome excursion at the Angkor temples. We hadn't been told they had a second pool, until some time later.
There was some lack of understanding & communication by the staff, but their kindness was obvious. The breakfast buffet was something to remember.
Wifi didn't always work (our room was at the far end). But the room was spacious and most comfortable.
 

 

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The streets were kept very clean, a big improvement over Phnom Penh.
 

 

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By the darkness of their skin I assume these people worked out on the land somewhere.

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I was constantly amazed by what could be tied to the motorcycles!

 

 

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That motorcycle is really packed: up front, at the rear, he's holding those stairs but the kid is sitting on a box!

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Going to work no doubt, her lunch is kept in place to make sure it doesn't fall.

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I doubt whether that helmet will be doing any good that way!

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Cool kid going to school.
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Keeping an eye on the camera.

 

 

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Wave to the camera! That motorcycle is packed with bags too.

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Different emotions; I don't think that girl is satisfied with seating arrangements.

 

 

Night Market at Siem Reap
Night Market for the bargains.

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Karaoke at the nightmarket: night entertainment.

 

The core of entertainment in Seam Reap is Pub Street.
Pub Street in Siem Reap
The nightlife: restaurants, bars, souvenir shops, massage salons (do the fish treatment!) and adult entertainment.

Pub Street in Siem Reap
You don't even have to miss that Champions League match!

 

 

More streetscenes in Siem Reap at my Flickr.com webpages

 

BANGKOK 3-2013, a start
PHNOM PENH, CAPITAL OF CAMBODIA
ROYAL PALACE & SILVER PAGODA
STREETS of PHNOM PENH
CAMBODIA'S KILLING FIELDS
PHNOM PENH TO SIEM REAP BY ROAD
DAY 1 AT THE ANGKOR TEMPLES
DAY 2 AT THE ANGKOR TEMPLES
DAY 3 AT THE ANGKOR TEMPLES
CHONG KHNEAS FLOATING VILLAGE (TONLÉ SAP LAKE)
KOMPONG PHLUK FLOATING VILLAGE (TONLÉ SAP LAKE)
LUANG PRABANG (LAOS) CITY
LUANG PRABANG EXCURSIONS
map of Cambodia

 


 

 

 

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