Angkor Wat 2

Part two from Angkor Wat; if you missed part one you can link here.

Our tuk tuk driver Terry was charming and easily persuaded us to use his services while in Siem Reap. He was one of many drivers at the bus station and for $3 US provided a ride to our hotel. We booked a sunset tour on the first evening and a sunrise tour around the Angkor Wat area the following morning. As I was capturing the sunset, Di struck up a longer conversation. Terry (30), had studied English for six years at a Pagoda. Born and raised in Siem Reap, he worked as a waiter for eight years making about $80 US a month. After marriage and children, he realized he couldn't support his family and decided to start his own tuk tuk business. He lives in a small house with his wife and two young children. They do not have electricity. The cost for hook up is approximately $150 and then $6-8 per month in usage. They are saving up. Terry was noticeably proud of his hometown and the ancient temples. He was very informative and protective, making a point of reminding people not to stand or touch the statues and walls. He took us to as many temples as our legs and patience could handle in the 35 degree heat. We saw Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Bayon, and Ta Prohm, the location site for the movie Tomb Raider.

On our second day in Siem Reap we tested the pool in the morning and spent the afternoon at a not for profit artisan centre with with wood carvers, stone carvers and other artists. The visit included a bus trip to a traditional silk farm.

We were slightly disappointed Terry did not show up at 6:15 am to take us to the airport as we agreed. Naively or not, we decided something had probably come up with his family or he had got a better deal booking a sunrise trip to Angkor Wat. We walked towards town and hailed another tuk tuk no problem and were soon on our flight to Phuket in Thailand.