Last week I debuted my first part to this two part series on Siem Reap. I had too much information to share about this great place, so I decided to split it into two posts. I talked about where I stayed, my Angkor Wat experience and my blind massage. This weeks post I want to focus on some different experiences I had while visiting Siem Reap. There are several “myth” activities you hear about and maybe read about in Cambodia. Some of them you might not believe because they sound too good to be true or way too unbelievable. I want to help you out by giving you my experiences with these activities.
The first “myth” activity I want to debunk is visiting a gun range run by the Cambodian army. I have read and heard from other travelers that you can go to one of these gun ranges and shoot high powered military grade weapons. You can shoot automatic weapons, throw grenades, shoot rocket launchers, and pay money to kill live animals. As fake and messed up as this sounds, it is all true. I did not visit one of these gun ranges during my visit there but know they do exist. They are definitely not myths, they are in fact very true.
People talk about places in the world where water is more expensive than beer. Another “myth” about Cambodia is the immensely cheap happy hours that are all over, especially in Siem Reap. On any given day you can find happy hours that sell 10 ounce Guy Sodas for 0.25 US cents. Put down one dollar on the bar and you can relax and take in the ambiance of Siem Reap.
The last Cambodian “myth” I want to talk about is the access to restaurants that serve happy food. If you need to know what happy food is, I suggest looking it up. These kinds of places are becoming more and more legal in some of the western countries, but for the most part, Asia has a pretty strict tolerance to these kinds of things. Throughout Siem Reap near Pub Street, you can find a number of these types of restaurants if that is your thing. Even though I am pretty sure it is illegal in Cambodia, these places advertise publicly.
I hope this post answered some of your potential questions regarding Cambodia and Siem Reap. I know a lot of people hear different things through other travelers and might not believe what you read on the internet. You know as trusted Guying Around readers that I do not lie and will not lie about what I see while traveling and Guying Around. I hope this post inspires you to check out Siem Reap and enjoy what the city has to offer.