In many cases, it appeared the scenes that flashed by may have been unchanged for decades if not longer.
Anthony Bourdain frequently talks in his show No Reservations about having a local fixer when you get to a strange and unfamiliar land. Ratana was that for us. A former co-worker of Annie knew someone who was familiar with Indochina and made several great recommendations for us, including a tuk-tuk driver he had met in Siem Reap. We exchanged emails with Ratana, told him the kind of hotel we were looking for and price we hoped to pay, and he delivered us by tuk-tuk to a place that met those needs. It was comforting to know we had a local to help us navigate any tricky situation that might arise.
After a six-hour bus ride, we took it easy the following day, having lunch in the village of Siem Reap. It's a bit on the touristy side, attracting thousands each year for the nearby ancient temples, but we still enjoyed the feel of the place, much like the feel we got in our favorite stop in Vietnam, Hoi An. A nice quiet day left us refreshed and recharged to take on the temples the following day.
Inside is an amazing collection of carvings along all four exterior walls of the complex, with fantastic details, showing various battles and conquests of the Angkor kings.