January 1, 2013
Happy New Year!
We spent New Years Day relaxing and wandering. Siem Reap is a town clearly catering to tourists. There are many western restaurants, bars and massage chairs lining the streets. The sales people are much more aggressive than anywhere else we have been so far.
We found a decent little restaurant for lunch. As we were finishing, the french family rides up. They had connected with a local named Seyha through warmshowers.org. Warmshowers is a site for cycling tourists to find hospitality through local people, similar to couchsurfing.org. They invited us over to their table while they had lunch. We all agreed to meet up in the morning to tour the temples together.
We spent a few hours strolling the main streets as the sun was setting. Things got even crazier with music blasting out of bars and the night market opening. We made it an early night as we were meeting Seyha and company at 6am the next morning.