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The Siem Reap Night Market and a Mad Monkey!

“Home” for a couple nights, was a hostel just situated in walking distance from everything we needed.

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The Mad Monkey Hostel has a restaurant, swimming pool, common area and a sand bar on the rooftop terrace. Excluding the smell in our room and the Aussie’s partying next door all night, it was comfortable, easy and affordable.

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My personal favorite quality was the art covered walls that kept you entertained on the way to your cozy room.

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Here are a few night shots from the roof top bar. It all starts by kicking off your shoes and hoping that you can find them on your way back out.

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We finally found our shoes from the sandy terrace and with a successful donation at the Angkor Children’s Hospital we chose to take it easy and explore the famous Night Market of Siem Reap.

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This street venue is so massive, I truly don’t think you could see every stall in just one attempt. There’s several different sections ranging from clothes and jewelry to house decor and souvenir trinkets. Want to make your own creative pattern? Just get lost in the maze of fabric and materials.

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If you get tired from all of the shopping, you can always take a break and enjoy a $1 massage! Snag a seat, sit back and relax. If you step up the price to $2-3, you get a curtain for privacy (so nobody can witness them) as they bend, kick, knead, twist, punch, pinch and massage you to bruises. Some may refer to this as borderline assault… we may or may not know this from experience.

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Along the way you’ll see several artists crafting their own offerings. Much respect to the creative and driven mind!

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You defiantly won’t go hungry as just like every other street market, there are food vendors, push carts and restaurants lining the path. On this night, we chose authentic Indian food. A moment of silence for the amazing meal that was set in front of us to share. $2 later, we’re pleasantly full and ready for the walk home.

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A solid evening walk and a fantastic meal… check and check. Tomorrows sunshine brings the temples of Angkor Wat!

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Penang part 1

I was craving some “lost in a city solo” time so I thanked Kuldips family for the incredible week and priceless local experience as they dropped me off at the central bus stop. I heard that the island of Penang was one of the most culturally diverse states here in Malaysia. Sounds perfect!

A few hours in this bus and after crossing one of the longest bridges in Malaysia, I arrive at my new destination.

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Cool effect pic from one of the bridges!

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I had done my research as far as the hostel location, however I was unclear on which inner-city bus to snag to get there or if a $40 RM cab was worth it. I asked a friendly employee who referred me to a kind gentleman that was escorting an elderly woman (his mom) next to a youthful boy (his nephew). He was so helpful by drawing a map, verbalizing detailed directions and making sure I knew where I was going, then he says “You know what, I’m going that way, would you like a ride?”
(Family, take a deep breath… He didn’t offer any candy).

I felt safe and it was either him or a random taxi guy, so off we went. I kept the map in my lap so he knew that I was aware of exactly where we were going. Upon arrival he thanked me for the great conversation and gave me the spare change from his car and said, “Please use this to call me from a public phone if you need anything at all, God bless.”

What a way to start my adventure in Penang! A quick shot of my room, with the balcony, private bath and a sign that isn’t necessarily “comforting”. But for less than $20 USD I get a glimpse of what it’s like to have own place for a minute… I’m like a teenager with parents out of town for the weekend, almost tempted to jump on the bed in my pj’s!

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I ordered a cup of hot water for some tea and this super cool thermos of boiling water came to my room, love it!

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Right away, I put down all of my things and go for a wander. I’ve been slacking in the “fashion from a backpack” section, so here’s a classic mirror shot of my comfortable outfit to hit the road in.

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In the actual order that I took these photos, here was my walk:

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A couple of creative pics before the rain came…

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I made it to the night market just in time before the streets got a proper soaking.

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This friendly guy caught me admiring his fresh fish stand.

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These are two random posters that made me smile. They’re promoting a japanese beer to Malaysians by hyping it as the #1 seller in the U.S.

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Are there curry fries everywhere?

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…and dessert for the walk home, fresh cut watermelon!

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