Sir ! TUK TUK...?
Sir ! MASSAGE...?
Sir MARIJUANA... ?
Sir! GIRLS ...?
Sir ! BOOM BOOM???
In every country there is tourist market if it is Thamel, Tourist zone in Kathmandu or Khaosan Road former rice market of locals to now a world famous "backpacker ghetto in central of Bankok. Paharjung of New Delhi or any country in the globe welcoming tourists. All of them, they deserve some tourist zone.
One of the street broker asked me all these when I was visiting the town innocently looking the surrounding on my own way during my first excursion one night around 8pm in Cambodian city Siem Reap Gate way to Angkor region and a place of Apsara. I understand all his words except the term "boom boom". Boom boom- he was repeating and repeating. He was also moving his hands in the rhythm of boom boom and making some kind of claps signals while reciting his word. I found later the word which is golden words among the circle of tourist and seller in south East Asian tourist market's of countries such as Thailand, Cambodia, or Laos. By the way; it is a local word for intercourse offer used widely by local street brokers , owner of brothels , ware house etc. People with limited English vocabulary in short unity of time uses this word to ask tourist for simply sex.
This Guy was offering me the most probably bad offers for me which I might not need any of them and for which I was not in this city but many other tourist might like this. This could be also one of the the cause SIem Reap was full with tourist this evening even though it was hot and humid and not a perfect time to travel here. But to be honest he was asking all these things in very friendly way that it was much persuading type and politely with sense of respect which made me proud of him . It feels me like he was compelled to ask these things not for his single benefit but also for the tourist. I move my head giving him the sign of No, and walked ahead. Sorry for not being the tourist of your products. LOL
In Thamel too, the tourist broker used to ask the tourist in similar way-“Sir Mt flight”? Sir Trekking ? Sir etc…?; and In the evening my ear have many times encountered same offers of marijuana, girls too. And it is shame that most of the government is not able to save their children's , girls etc. I think very few percent of tourist travels in the world In search of bad things and majority seems to travel for reason so majority should abolish the minority. Good things have to replace the bad things. but what is good and bad are nothing more then matter of debates in this era of globalization we are living.
5th June of 2014 i boarded on a flight to Siem Reap of Cambodian by Air Asia from DMK , BKK. After landing in airport the architecture of the airport terminal building amazed me as it was some things 2nd mysterious airport that i saw after my Bhutan visit on 2011 ( Paro Airport) with group of tourist from Romania. Siem Reap airport building looks like a traditional Cambodian house. I was amazed how fast the Visa officer fastens the visa process. It didn't take me more than 10 minutes to get visa. Being Nepali passport holder, I was asked few more questions about my mission of Travel to Cambodia compare to other bunch of western or south East Asian travelers. But it was ok no complain.
(Regarding Visa for Nepali passports I simply get in on arrival and it means Nepali can get it on arrival, I didn’t blindly come here to take the on arrival visa I had checked it before. I was not sure if I could get the same visa while coming from Land so I didn’t take this risk. Beautiful air hostess will provide you a visa application form after the plane take off for Cambodia . No matter form where you will fly ( Bangkok, Hanoi, Kualalumpur, Hochimin, Singapore, Hongkon ) and you can fill and attach the passport photos for a month visa costing USD 20 only.
Cambodian sky was filled with clouds and blue natural patches. The power of sun was in climax. It is 11 am in the morning I land. After transfer form airport and check in to the hotel i begin a small scale walk in the street of Siem Reap. ... God!!! i never thought there is somewhere in world, a place where peoples are so simple and smiling; helpful and happy . Especially in south east Asia after Bangkok i was generalizing all country of same culture but the ground reality is much more different. If Nepal is the place of living goddess Kumari ,Cambodians are living Apsara's on earth . it is a place of warm hospitality and respect . I do not need to eat a whole cake which simply mean I studied the peoples in less than an hour walk and found them friendly among locals and with tourists in same magnitude. Talked with varieties of peoples form travel agency, tuck tuck pilots , restaurant worker etc. i have seen the simplicity of Nepali peoples and respect they offer to other peoples of different world , at some point i felt it like 2nd Nepal in Cambodia. Siem Reap is the rich city of Cambodia and i am feeling rich to be in this rich city not of infrastructures or building like in Bangkok, but of warm welcome and smiles.
Where ever i go, the local culture becomes magnet of my travel. My way of travel is more a cultural focused. Today i want to compare the local culture of Thailand i watched in Silom village with Siem Reap village. i know present one will be more authentic . Let's see the difference.
Apsara dance was one of the nice dance , the setting of the stage , music , movement of dancers , their clothing attached with ancient ornaments etc were all charming , the buffet dinner was super one with more then 3 dozens choices . i took each spoon from each variety . So my plate was like a Mount Everest of 36 spoons.
Early Morning June 06th 2014 Guide Cum Tuck Tuck Driver knocks my door and give sign for the tour to the great Angkor Wat , The unique temple first a Hindu, then subsequently a Buddhist build on 12th century is regarded as one of the highlighted UNESCO heritage sight and must see things in Siem Reap. Early morning fresh air in the speed of Tuck Tuck was very nice on the way to Angkor Wat. entrance fee was USD 25 and the Tuck Tuck the same price for almost 3-4 hours . no visit to combodia is complete unless one reach the courtyard of Angkor wat . it is one of the great gift from the past .it is no less then Greece or Rome's attractions. But sad part it never came in market or educational books, medias then it should be.
This huge man made building / temple is very fruitful to know the civilization and how power was excursive in south East Asia during 12th century specially Cambodia and in general South east Asia. it also shows where the society was running in terms of religious values .
Rest of the day was enough for me to walk in the city, chat with locals, give them some business opportunity by riding the one USD Tuck Tuck, visiting old markets, river etc. Tomorrow Phonphen is on the way- another huge town ( capital of Cambodia). Good night from door of Angkor Wat the place where the religion was diffused from Hinduism to now the Theravada Buddhism where I feel the echo of both Om Navam Shivaye, and Om Mane Padme Hum in my heart. There is Buddhism in Hindusim because Buddha was born in a hindu family and he is taken as one of the incarnation of hindu god Bishnu but Buddhism has no Hinduism as it believes in non violence but both religions believe in inincarnation which is based on the law of Karma. Wish Good Karma to all.
Air Hostess welcomming passengers for flight to BKK DMG to Siem Ream Combodia Siem Ream Intl aiport looks like a traditional Cambodian House Siem Reap Intl Airport follow the rule of the road ! dress code to enter the temple premises . first glimpse of Siem reap Women s Playing card Small girl in Siem Reap looks more like Chinese . welcome to dinner party Apsara dance one of the authentic traditional performance . & Night Life #3 Night Life #2 Night Life #! which one will you prefer? shopping Two Vietnami twin sisters i meet this Night and at least i have some one to talk . Guards giving the security and ticket check up early morning in Angkor Wat in the Premises of this great heritage Identity Card for a short term Angkor Wat Tour Tourist viewing the Angkor Wat The Great Angkor Wat final part . Hotel accommodation, the hotel i stayed worth amount USD 20 per night. Not bad. Cambodian Girls can you guess their age? they seems very young but reality is they are over 22 . Many combodians and tourist here wants to try the foods in street . Probably the one of the cheapest Massage Board i have ever seen , single USD for massage and also Dr Fish massage is free as advert says Being Local every where . hearing story youths
Thank you for sharing your experience, thougts and photos of your travel! I really appreciate the way you let us virtually take part on your trip. By the way good selection of the photos. I envy you especially on the visit of Angkor Wat... it is also on my list "todo bevor to die". Looking forward to read the next article from you.
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