Around Siem Reap

Besides the magnificent temples of Angkor Wat, we explored Siem Reap’s surrounding areas.
One night we took in a local circus, Phare, that employs under-privilege kids, whose act that was akin to a miniature Cirque du Soleil. The story line and many “acts” , such as fire-dancing, juggling , etc displayed nicely all the members’ many talents. It was very entertaining and daring!
In Siem Reap’s town itself, we also stopped at the local market where raw and cooked foods were for sale along with the usual tourist trinkets.

imageAbove: Phare circusimageBelow: fried tarantulas snacks sold at the market. They are actually an endangered specie. image

We also wanted to visit Tonlé Sap Lake (the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia and was designated as a UNESCO biosphere in 1997) with its floating markets and stilt-house villages. So after breakfast on our last day, we wandered out to the main street and hired a tuk tuk for the day. The slow tuk tuk ride was ideal for taking in the countryside and the sights of the locals’ every day life.

imageAbove: sitting on egg shellsimage image imageWe were dropped off in the small and fairly non touristic village of Kampong Khleang where we negotiated an hour and a half boat ride down a canal and out onto the lake, passing through (or nearly underneath) the village.image image image image image image imageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimage

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