We have reached country #4, the kingdom of Cambodia, so far I really like this one.
It is technically the rainy season, so supposedly there are less tourists around. We still see them, but I read in our SE Asia book that due to the popularity of Angkor Wat, Siem Reap is the most touristy city in the kingdom of Cambodia. I guess with a historic and UNESCO world heritage site it is hard to escape tourists, I mean we are tourists ourselves.
We have only been in the country for seven hours and already I feel like we have accomplished something. Learned a few phrases, the most important, “Orgoon“, which means thank you and kind-of sounds like the state Oregon. I have seen snake on the menu at a BBQ restaurant and although we tried to order it and they were all out, so they gave us frog legs and ostrich instead. Ostrich is a red meat! Who knew? We also rode a tuktuk which is a motorized bike taxi of sorts and went to the circus. A full day for only 7 hours.
The circus was a moving performance. The Phare circus is a show put on by students of the arts school known by the same name. The proceeds go back to helping this school and providing a living to the performers. The circus is what you would think of when you think of Cirque de Sole. The story that was told in the current show was about a girl who survived the horrors of the Khmer Rouge. It was beautiful and moving and so impressive. The dance and acrobatic skill involved show precision and passion to entertain. I would highly recommend it to anyone going to Siem Reap. I would say that it is a must go! Your ticket money also goes to a great cause. I only have pictures of this on my camera, since they asked that people not use their phones due to the light being dangerous for the performers.
There has been very spotty wifi here in Cambodia… I have 3 posts written hopefully at least one of them will upload.
Sayonara for now… D&M