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The Cambodian Sojourn, Part 4

October 11, 2008

By the people, for the people; it is the people who run the nation, and not the government. At least, that is how democracy and communism are supposed to work in theory.

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Thursday, 2nd of October and four full days into the trip; we’re off to Siem Reap! 8D

Siem Reap, which meant “Defeat of Siam”; referring to a part of history regarding the Khmer Empire against what was Thailand in the far past, is a small town bordering the Angkor Wat, a world-famous World Heritage Site and with deep historical significance to the Khmers.

The bus set off at 7am Cambodian time, so naturally some of us were without breakfast; naturally, during the first half-hour of the ride, munching sounds filled the vehicle.

A sceneic shot.

A scenic shot.

The trip lasted a total of six hours

Pit-stop, pit-stop!

Pit-stop, pit-stop!

There were a total of four stops throughout the trip, though I’m pretty sure the majority of people would have been as happy to remain sleeping on the bus. Our reporting time was six in the morning. SIX!

Another scenic shot. Whee~

Another scenic shot. Whee~

You hardly see such views in Singapore.

After the long trip, we finally arrived in Siem Reap.

It might look silent, but its quite busy early in the day.

It might look silent, but it's quite busy early in the day.

After turning around the city for a while, we finally managed to find the hotel; the Angkor Way Hotel. It’s comfortable, there was free orange juice, and the best part was that we could now enjoy the facilities of the hotel without worrying what we would need to do for tomorrow’s work; we were done.

The rooms lacked floor carpeting and the beds were harder than those at the previous hotel though; minus one. 😛

We checked in, freshened ourselves, and prepared for our next destination; Artisans d’Angkor, a vocational institute for craftsmen, sculptors, and other people training for a job in fine arts.

Is the armless a cultural thing, or am I just missing out on my sight here?

Is the armless a cultural thing, or am I just missing out on my sight here?

This should help.

This should help.

Tools of the trade.

Tools of the trade.

One of their works.

One of their works.

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The in-training hard at work. :O

Yet another of thier works. I don't even have D&T projects that big...

Yet another of their works. I don't even have D&T projects that big...

Oi oi oi...

Oi oi oi...

The had a gift shop too, but we were forbidden to take any pictures inside, so… nyup~.

Our visit wasn’t done yet though.

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A visit to the local market was in order; of course, it was already late, and therefore there wasn't much to do.

I did buy a book there though.

Today’s Part is a bit short due to a lack of time; I will try my best to cover the rest of the entire trip by tomorrow.

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