The last night in Siem Reap was a rough one, a mid 100’s temperature climate with full force humidity and cute little lizards everywhere is nice during the day but not so nice when your A/C kicks it shortly when you’re tucking in for the night. Ben’s friend down in the lobby who just happens to work for the hotel was mortified. After an attempt by one of the engineers to fix it that was at least semi successful, they switched us into another room, something they definitely didn’t have to do but insisted we were family. That in a nutshell describes why I was so sad to leave Siem Reap after the world’s shortest stay.
We arrived in the late afternoon at our hotel, Ma Du Zi hotel. This boutique hotel doesn’t allow for walk-ins, has a 24/7 happy hour of “buy one get one free” cocktail happy hour and a free mini bar. Did I mention there is an infinity jacuzzi tub and larger than California King-sized bed? Overall we preferred the style of Muse Hotel but this beautiful Japanese spa style hotel was the perfect way to taper off our vacation. We also went by Terminal 21 that night which ended up being our favorite mall. Each floor has a different theme in terms of country as the entire mall is meant to mirror the airport. We took tourist pictures with the San Francisco floor’s Golden Gate bridge and cheated and had Tim Ho Wan, a throw back favorite from our time in Hong Kong. Anyways that’s all we did that night so I felt like I should include a few snaps.
In the morning we woke up and made our way to all the cute coffee places I had picked out. See my Bangkok’s Top Five Coffee Shops post for more (coming next!). We made our way afterwards to Wat Pho temple, also known to many as the Temple of Reclining Buddha (pronounced Wat Po – this is important for trying to get a cab). I’d like to interject here that it was King’s Day aka the King’s Birthday aka every place he loves was very crowded but it was kindof a fun time to be a part of the city, all wearing bright yellow shirts and celebrating his birthday. Mostly wanted to explain why everyone in the following pictures will be wearing a bumble bee yellow “Bike for Dad” t-shirt.
Afterwards we walked into the crowd and made our way to the Grand Palace. With wall to wall people that day we were only able to take a quick look around but the view was astounding. The tiles and attention to detail are beyond words. Truly these two temples were something you have to experience in person.
Afterwards we tried to make our way to famed bakery Mount Nom Sood but unfortunately it was closed. Instead we grabbed some chicken curry buns and hopped in a cab to Chatuchak market. I’ll be honest…we loved Chatuchak market so much we made a second run the next day so these are some combined photos. This was the one place where I’d say locals probably were buying things at a slightly elevated price and visitors got to have some fun really bargaining. The food, the crazy stalls were so much fun we got lost in it. The outer rings are usually vintage/resold clothes but as you go inside there will be food, clothing, home goods and even animals (yes, chipmunks, birds, puppies you name it – googling will let you know they live in questionable conditions so I’m not sure how much I would advise buying but it was wildly interesting to walk through it) If you stay later, the secondary Rod Fai Market opens up in basically the same area and looks pretty cool. We got too tired but would definitely go back one day.
The rest of the night was slightly uneventful. We swung by a bar for a drink, had dinner and relaxed in the infinite tub. I finally put down my DSLR, got a bit rainy and tough to carry. See you tomorrow!