After a long flight from Berlin to Bangkok with a stopover in Amsterdam with KLM, we had to hurry. There wasn’t much time left until the final leg of our flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia. This was when I realised that the Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok is really expansive. It felt like we were walking a few kilometres past fancy shops, until we finally reached our gate, fortunately just in time.
After buying a local SIM Card at the airport, our driver already greeted us and brought us with a Tuktuk (the official name for them is the French word remorque, but everyone still calls them tuk-tuks) to our hotel, the Mid City Hotel. Fortunately the driver we had arranged with the hotel, had waited the whole time during my luggage incident.
We were warmly welcomed at the hotel and were happy when we saw that the room was spacious, clean, modern and equipped with what we could wish for (flatscreen-TV, refrigerator, air-con, bathtub and even a balcony). The hotel also has its own swimming pool and is located within walking distance to the city centre, including the old market.
At early afternoon it didn´t make sense to go to Angkor Wat on our first day, so we decided to stay inside Siem Reap and take a look at some of its attractions. The hotel arranged a Tuk-tuk and off we went! Our first stop was actually a shop to buy sunscreen. With more than 30 degrees it was searing hot and sunny in Siem Reap, and our sunscreen was in my lost bag. To our surprise, it cost more than the double of what I have paid in Germany for the sunscreen. Siem Reap isn´t necessarily a cheap place to buy tourist stuff, we learned. However, the next stop was much more pleasing – Wat Preah Prom Rath. It is a pretty and peaceful complex inside the city with fascinating sculptures.
From there we asked our driver to go to the Royal Gardens. We didn´t really find an entrance however and just took a look at the busy temple opposite instead and then our driver recommended to walk a few steps to the bat trees, where we observed a colony of bats hanging from huge trees.
Back at the hotel we cooled down in the pool and went to bed early, as we had booked a Tuk-tuk to Angkor Wat for the next day and our trip would commence at 5 a.m.! When we were already dozing off, we got a call from the reception, that my luggage has been found and they already had it delivered from the airport – it was quite a relief!