We arrived in Siem Reap, Cambodia, and everyone noticed how hot and muggy it was!
We were met by trucks to carry our luggage, and two buses. The buses were decorated with curtains:
Nest Angkor Cafe Bar, an outdoor dining venue under a huge tent.
A set menu was provided:
Starter: Poached river prawn with pomelo and vegetable salad
Soup: Kor kor soup - blended mixed vegetable soup with river prawns
Main: Pan-fried dory fish filet with black pepper sauce, bok choy and steamed rice
Or: Slow-cooked chicken breast, pumpkin puree and bok choy (and green pepper)
Dessert: Rom Vong - array of mixed Khmer pastries with coconut creamTea or coffee
Then to the Sofitel Phokeethra Royal Angkor Hotel where we were welcomed by dancers and drummers:
Kent tries spreading out on the bed:
The buildings are arrayed around a large pond; here Santa is in a small boat:
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Breakfast was a huge buffet in The Citadel Restaurant in the hotel.
While in Siem Reap, we were on our own for lunches. The first day we were the only ones to take the offer to be taken to a local restaurant for a Khmer meal. We were taken just down the street by tuk tuk:
A "view" of rice fields through the window:
Dinner tonight was at Viroth's Restaurant where we had a Khmer meal:
Seafood and tomato soup: Shrimp, tomato with local herbs
Khmer country salad: Cabbage, carrots, pork, peanuts with local herbs
Four entree dishes: Amok fish: Fish, coconut milk, lemongrass and local herbs
Eggplant Saute with pork: Eggplant, minced pork, ginger and local herbs
Grilled chicken: Chicken skewers marinated in satay sauce with tomatoes and pineapple
Mixed vegetable sauté
Fresh fruits (mango, pineapple, banana) and Khmer dessert (coconut glutin)
Monday, December 24, 2012
The lunch was so good at Borey Sovann, we returned the next day, this time for veggie spring rolls:
and Banh Chaev, a dish recommended by the waiter that looked like a seafood omelet:
Next, Siem Reap 2 Angkor Wat.