Siem Reap Tuk Tuk Tour | Cambodia

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

So this summer I went on a big trip to Thailand to do some teaching English as a foreign language. We were based in a town called Krasang which is in the east of Thailand, relatively close to the Cambodian border so on one of the weekends whilst we were there, we went to Siem Reap, Cambodia. On our first day there, we did a Tuk Tuk Tour of Siem Reap and that's what this post is about!

Our first stop was The Killing Fields. Cambodia suffered a huge genocide under the Khmer Rouge regime, a tragedy that happened whilst my parents generation were alive, just 30 years ago and now there are thousands of sites across Cambodia that are the Killing Fields and Killing Caves were thousands of people died and were tortured. This is one of the ones in Siem Reap and if you are in Cambodia, I would definitely recommend taking the time to go and find a Killing Field. They are very sombre places but have been turned into places of beauty and remembrance. It definitely affected me quite a lot, especially as it isn't that long ago and Cambodia has changed so much since the so it is definitely worth doing.

We also stopped at Angkor Artisan Workshop where we had a tour through and they showed us different crafts that are common in Cambodia and how they are made. Cambodia doesn't have great art support in schools so they showed us how Angkor Artisan provide apprenticeships to teach skills like sculpting and metalwork to then make handicrafts that are sold throughout Cambodia.
We also stopped at a Lotus Farm. Unfortunately the Lotus Flowers weren't in season yet so only a few had budded but the symbolism of the lotus in Cambodia was explained to us and we got to eat a Lotus fruit which wasn't actually too bad!

Lastly on our Cambodia Tuk Tuk tour we did a hike up a big hill just outside Siem Reap which had a monastery which is older than Angkor Wat  at the top and a wonderful viewpoint to watch the sunset. It was a very sweaty climb but worth it from the top where we could see for miles out into Tonle Sap Lake which is huge.

We really loved Cambodia and the best posts are definitely to come as we experienced the Siem Reap night markets which I absolutely loved and Angkor Wat and the other temples!
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