Siem Reap: Arrival
Our Spring Break trip got off to a bit of a rocky start. We had an 8am flight out of Singapore so I set my alarm for 4:45 and called a taxi for 6:00. Unfortunately my alarm was set for Monday and our flight was on Sunday. At 5:54 am we were awoken to the automated call from the taxi company letting us know that our cab had arrived. I jumped into a cold shower and Colin got the boys ready. Then he showered and the taxi driver himself called. I let him know that we had slept in and we would be down in 10 minutes. Luckily, we were completely packed up and ready to go the night before. We were out the door before 6:20 am and had plenty of time at the airport to get to our gate. We even had time to get some breakfast, so that was good!
We had a layover in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and the plane was late to the gate. By the time the plane arrived, a major thunderstorm had rolled in. However, we were only delayed about 30 to 40 minutes and I think we made up about half of that time in the air.
We arrived in Siem Reap, Cambodia in the afternoon on Sunday, March 22. Immigration was a little bit hectic and in the craziness of the "baggage claim low" and the insanity of filling out immigration for four people I dropped my iPhone in the toilet. I couldn't believe it!
Anyway, after we passed though immigration, we found our driver and headed out to the hotel.
After we got settled in our hotel, we grabbed a tuk tuk to get some lunch.
We shopped around a little and then went back to the hotel for swimming.
We went back out for dinner and foot massages then headed back to the hotel for some rest before a big day of temple visiting.
Where to Stay: Lotus Blanc Hotel. Nice, comfortable, great service, English speaking staff, cool pool, air con in rooms, $3 tuk tuk to town (about 8 min or so in tuk tuk).
Where to Eat: Everyone told us to go to the Blue Pumpkin. We had lunch there and it was good. $30 for a family of 4. We had dinner at Viva Mexico. It was good Mexican food!
Massages: skip the fish massage but go ahead and get the foot massage. Stay downstairs though. We ended up going upstairs in this place so that the 4 of us could sit down. Not a great looking room, hot, dirty. We paid $3 for 30 minute foot rubs. The place across from The Red Piano was our favorite.