Picnics by Angkor Wat

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One of the many advantages of living in Siem Reap and having local friends is the Khmer (Cambodian) people can talk to the Angkor Wat checkpoint guards to get you in the beautiful Angkor Wat area for free. Otherwise, foreigners have to pay US $20.

It’s so easy to make friends in town and when you find good people, it’s great to just go with the flow in the day and chill out by the world’s largest religious site anytime.

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Our team played football on an early Sunday morning and we decided to all get breakfast by the temples. As we passed the checkpoint, me and my other Western friend was hiding our faces as our Cambodian friends talked to the guards to say we are just going to the picnic area for some food. So they let us through.

Two of our friends disappeared for 30 minutes to get food for everyone and it was wonderful to have our friends and some of their kids enjoy a great morning by the beautiful water before enjoying a meal together.

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Back to Back Cambodian weddings

The happy newlyweds.

 

I know I should probably be writing about my New Year’s Even in Siem Reap but I have been and will continue to be very busy with my new job with a travel company for the next 10 weeks. I still have to upload pictures then I’ll do a late post.

The last two weeks have been filled with back to back dinners with friends, reunions and consecutive Cambodian wedding parties. I love the openness of Cambodian weddings. One of my friends asked her cousin to give me a formal invitation so that was very sweet. I’ve really enjoying spending time and getting to know their families.

My very sweet friend Mara who got her cousins to invite me.

I went to the smaller pre-wedding party at the house which was really fun. We ate Cambodian food, there is as usual an unlimited supply of beer and soft drinks, karaoke and dancing.

Every time I go over my friend’s place, they are extremely hospitable in typical Cambodian fashion and offer to share their food and ask if I’ve eaten. I was really impressed with my friend too, I know she was so busy helping them prepare for many things, but when she saw that my ice was low on my drink she refilled it for me. Wow, talk about being a great host.

Girls just wanna have fun. Cambodians love karaoke. 

Last year I went to three Cambodian wedding parties in total and three weeks ago I went to three in a weekend. Her cousin’s wedding had the best food of all the weddings I went to and was at a restaurant. It was a fantastic time and I got to meet more nice people.

Great way to spend a Monday night.

Mara’s fun, intelligent and adorable daughter.

This is not soda, it’s duck’s blood. The real Cambodian food.

Pictures from the wedding party

There were at least 700 people at the restaurant of the wedding dinner. I don’t think I’ve ever been to such a big restaurant in Cambodia.

 

 

Getting ready to dance.

 

A mega Cambodian salad.

 

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Beautifully cooked fish.