"Beyond My Wildest Dreams..."
An American Prospective: Siem Reap, Cambodia
SOMADEVI ANGKOR HOTEL & SPA
To All Travelers:
As an American and first trip to Siem Reap, Cambodia, how do I put into words what I saw and experienced? I can only answer that question with the following statement: WOW, what a breathtaking journey! I had many concerns in the beginning traveling to Cambodia alone, although I had already traveled extensively throughout Asia without any problems. Upon arrival at the beautiful Siem Reap International Airport about 12:00 PM, I was quickly processed by Immigration with welcoming smiles. My driver from the hotel was waiting for me at the exit gate with another reassuring smile, which was such a relief to see that late at night in a foreign country. I then entered into an exotic world that exceeded my greatest expectations, hammered my personal fears and proved the naysayers completely wrong about Siem Reap, Cambodia, the Cambodia people and their wonderful city. I must THANK the Somadevi Angkor Hotel & Spa for making my trip a lifetime experience that has NOW triumphed all my past travels. Somadevi Angkor Hotel & Spa is a four star resort with a FIVE STAR staff and service. I can’t say enough about HOW nice and accommodating the Somadevi staff was to me during my entire stay at the perfectly located hotel near the temples, night markets and other main attractions. The vacation package I selected included a roundtrip airport pickup service, amazing breakfast buffet, which by the way was simply delicious and offered an enormous selection of foods, and I have saved the best for last-THE POOL. After touring the temples during the morning hours, I would return to the hotel and chill out by what I call the PARADISE POOL. Trimmed with glamorous plants, trees, exotic birds, pool bar and offered daily Barbecues, the pool was a place to unwind, relax and enjoy great grilled foods with a glass of wine. Moreover, I can remember my first morning out to the one of the many incredible temples, I was waiting to be mauled by the mosquitos, but I was neither swarmed nor bitten by any of the blood-sucking creatures during my entire trip. In my opinion, sightseeing via car and having a driver was well worth the money, which was no more than $30.00 a day, but in Siem Reap everything is negotiable. My driver, Sim, was knowledgeable, helpful, knew all the highlights to see in Siem Reap and when to see the temples without all the crowds swarming around about, but MORE importantly, his car had an air conditioner. Believe me, after hiking, climbing, crawling in the temple ruins for more than four hours, an AC is most welcoming when you’re gasping for air and drenched in sweat. Now, the only criminal I encountered during my trip was the humidity; it will rob you of your strength, energy, and clarity within minutes, if you’re not careful. Please use the COMMON SENSE rule when out in this type of grueling climate. In general, please take into account that you are responsible for your own safety, health and happiness. Furthermore, the COMMON SENSE rule applies to all and all situations regardless where you are in the world. Once again, THANK YOU Somadevi Angkor Hotel & Spa, THANK YOU to all the Cambodia people that welcomed me with open arms, and lastly THANK YOU to the Tourist Police that protect the temples and their admiring crowds.
KLWINTERNATIONAL from Dallas, TX, USA