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Exploring Angkor Wat and Siem Reap’s Pub Street

After an incredibly long trip (6.5 hours ended up being 9.5 hours) crammed into a minibus with minimal space, we finally arrived in Siem Reap late on Friday evening. On Saturday, we would be spending the day at Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom and then leaving early on Sunday. Unfortunately this didn’t give us much time to explore Siem Reap and what we saw on Saturday night and our short minibus trips, it definitely should be revisited in the future for a proper exploration.

Angkor Wat was definitely one of the spots on the bucket list and we were so excited to tick it off. Unfortunately the weather didn’t play along so we didn’t get to see a Sunrise/Sunset over Angkor Wat, but will definitely return for this experience, together with a hot air balloon ride with an amazing view.

Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom are amazing sites to see. The sheer scale and beauty is mind-blowing. What is also mind-blowing is that the area was surrounded by landmines and was only completely cleared just over a decade ago.

Being out in the Cambodian heat for an 8 hour day is exhausting, but is definitely worth it. It’s also worth spending the money on the guide, as the sheer size of history of the place is just too much to experience without one.

On the Saturday night we explored Pub Street, which I am sure is on everyone’s to do list when heading to Siem Reap. We were here in low season and it was busy, so I would hate to see what it’s like in peak season. As the name suggests the street is lined with many pubs, awesome restaurants (we opted for shared nachos at a Mexican place and then some Happy pizza – found just round the corner from pub street late in the evening). There was also great street food. We avoided the street food, because we were not sure if we trusted it. However, a classmate ate it and was completely fine, so each to his own.


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I followed the standard, set-out route that we are conditioned to follow from a young age. I finished high school and went straight into university. My only detour was changing degrees at the end of first year; to something I thought I could enjoy a bit more. After graduating I then ticked the next box and found a job. I ended up in a job at a large corporate, unrelated to what I had just finished studying, going from Industrial Psychology to Marketing.The intention was to stay there for 2 years, get some experience and move along. Six years later and I’m at the same company that I will be leaving on 31 March.The work was good, interesting and difficult. I worked hard, learnt a huge amount, and made my way up to a brand manager position, but eventually I wanted more. I didn’t just want another corporate job, I wanted something completely different. I wanted to escape the cubicle life that I had created for myself. I wanted to get out of my comfort zone and try new things, see new places and meet amazing people.After teaching English in Chiang Mai Thailand for a year, my boyfriend and I hit the road on at the end of May 2015 and have been freelancing and slow travelling our way around Southeast Asia. Absolutely loving it!!!



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