Travel South East Asia

Cambodia – Day 1 continued

After our time at Ankor Watt, we returned to our hotel for lunch. We stayed at the Victoria. We first discovered Victoria hotels last spring in the remote river wilderness of the Mekong Delta region in Vietnam. It was an amazing discovery. I liken the Victoria hotels to the way the Singapore Raffles Hotel must have been back in the days of Joseph Conrad. There is a feel of authenticity that is so rarely plausible in today’s hotel facades. So, we enjoyed our second Victoria in Siem Reap. There are 6 more Victoria hotels in the property portfolio and we hope to visit them all!

After our lunch we ventured out by Tuk-Tuk to the Adventure Tours group on a pot-holed side road in Siem Reap. There we met our guide and picked up two ATV vehicles. Dave and Ben on one and Nick and I on another first tentatively and then boldly bounded thru full puddles and pits into the remote countryside. We saw cows and chickens, rivers and swimmers, and best of all friendly little children who ran to the roadside to wave to us. We arrived at an orphanage/school over an hour later. We saw three classrooms in action. These classrooms are more like outdoor picnic pavilions. Each was crammed with at least 40 or 50 kids. Most are local children who come for the schooling. Some are children who no longer have families and will grow up at this orphanage.

Tuk-Tuk ride thru muddy street
Tuk-Tuk ride thru muddy street

Cow-bodia
Cow-bodia

Nicky arrives at the school/orphanage after a long ride
Nicky arrives at the school/orphanage after a long ride

One outdoor classroom, white board hanging on left
One outdoor classroom, white board hanging on left

Stopping for a snack, here we all are in our muddy glory!
Stopping for a snack, here we all are in our muddy glory!

Fried snake anyone?
Fried snake anyone?

Lotus flower in the village  (can you see the big bug under the leaf?)
Lotus flower in the village (can you see the big bug under the leaf?)

beautiful countryside
beautiful countryside

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