1/27/2006 - Journeys Within
We repacked after a late breakfast and took the hotel car to the Bangkok airport. Our flight was delayed 45 minutes but it was otherwise uneventful. We arrived in Siem Reap around 5 pm. Nan, our driver furnished by Journeys Within for our stay in Cambodia, picked us up for the short drive to the B&B. Many bicycles shared the decent main road from the airport to Siem Reap, but before we reached the town we turned onto a dirt road full of huge pot holes, creating a jolting, dusty short ride to the lovely oasis of the 3 acre garden setting of Journeys Within B&B. Behind the imposing main house where our delicious breakfasts and lunches were served on the protected rear patio, we found four guest buildings by the pool . These bungalows are beautifully appointed and scrupulously maintained by a charming, unobtrusive staff. We later learned that one of the proprietors’ missions involves training jobless Cambodians to work in the burgeoning hotel industry surrounding the Angkor Wat area. Branden Ross, a shy but gracious host, served us drinks in the main house before dinner.
Dinner and Aspara dancing was appropriate for a Cambodian welcome, resembling our splendid ET farewell Thai dinner on a smaller scale. We sat in the balcony at a regular table, and looked down onto tourist groups seated at low long tables perpendicular to the stage. Performance was similar in theme to Thai folk stories but with ancient Khmer focus.
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