Saturday, February 6, 2010

Day 4 - Siem Reap (Tonle Sap & Dinner at FCC)

On our 2nd last day we made a trip 10km away from Old Town to the Tonle Sap lake.
My first reaction of the river leading to the lake when I arrived ,' OMG...so dirty and muddy'


After paying USD10 pp, we hopped on a little boat that took us right to the lake.

..and check out the cigarettes sold by the street peddlars...Alan Delon ..hmm I always thought was some clothing line..

During the entire trip, I felt a bit ripped off, cause i was expecting some floating village like Bangkok's floating market, but we only made one stop to this floating 'farm' where we could feed the catfish (just like 2 miserable ponds) and see some crocodiles (even the little croc farm which can be seen from KC's hotel room - re: day 1 had more crocs). Check out the satelite dish for the farm!!!...


here's me at the top deck...

..and here's a very brave KC holding on to the snake at the floating 'farm'..

..where the children study..their school..

...and a floating church..

..here's our young boat boy playing with the water in the lake..

After the Tonle Sap lake visit, our guide Rottana, took us to the nunnery where he grew up after fleeing his village during the civil war where he lost touch with his mom for 12 years!




...our last stop for the day was to the Silk Farm..where we observed how silkworm were bred, fed and how silk comes about...

..feeding the worms with Mulberry leaves..





...after the 4th day and 3 meals daily, we have had enough of Cambodian Amok, Lok Lak...so we opted for Western food for our last dinner in Siem Reap. FCC - a restaurant famous those days for the French journalists. Something like fine dining in Siem Reap...
Very good ambience, a bit on the pricey side...service- average. Be prepared to pay approximately USD15 without wine at this fancy restaurant.








they serve superb appetizers....this is the crab cake we ordered..
and...dumplings....

..ending my meal with a lovely coconut creme brulee

So yeah folks..that sums up my Siem Reap trip...
Enjoy your last minute shopping this weekend before Chinese New Year!!!

4 comments:

Sue-Ann said...

any tummy troubles after the trip to SR??

Siao Yue said...

sue: surprise..surprise..everyone cept me,...

Wong said...

Hi, siao yue, may i know which tour guide better? How much does it cost to engage with them?

Siao Yue said...

wong: rottana speaks better english but he's more serious....and the other guy we got on the first day....talks a wee bit too much but he's funny...

personal exp..i prefer rottana maybe cause he was with us more days

He can be contactable at (855)12 878 531 syrottana@yahoo.com.

The tour costs abt 25 per day for the guide and 10 USD for a minivan that fits 7. So average..each of us paid like 5USD per day to him. The more ppl the more worth it. And give them a rough ida of what u want to do and they will arrange it ou for u. Do try their local food very good!