Ottie and I stayed at the Lotus Lodge for the four days that we spent in Siem Reap. We mainly tagged along on Ant, Ross, Dar, and Chris’s itinerary for this leg of the journey. I had originally planned to travel from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap via speedboat, but we ran into an unfortunate turn of events at the information counter of the Phnom Penh Airport, in which the lady convinced Ottie that speedboats were not in operation because of the high tide, and even if they were, it could take as long as ten hours for the journey. She then proceeded to book a bus ride for us right there and then. Her connection, Link World Guide Travel & Tours, put us on a Sokha Komar Tep Express Limousine Bus, which turned out not only to be slightly more expensive (yay middleman commission) than what we found advertised on some companies in Sisowath Quay, but was also a whooping eight hour journey of hernia-inducing misery.
To add insult to injury, we ended up reaching the Lotus Lodge an hour after Ant, Ross, Dar, and Chris, who had taken the speedboat. It was supposed to be the other way around. Wow. Much grievance. So incensed. Very disgruntled. Wow.
At least Ottie and I took something away from this experience – he learnt that he should, and I quote, “listen to Ren more”, while I learnt that I shouldn’t give up so easily when fighting for what I want. Also, that pretty information counter ladies at the airport sometimes give, well, pretty self-serving information.
Anyway, the Lotus Lodge was a sight for sore eyes, despite my disposition when we checked in. That place is a little spot of paradise located on the edge of the city. In fact, Ottie and I were a little bit alarmed when our tuk-tuk brought us down roads that seemed less and less populated. Right when we were about to panic about being thrown into the worst case scenario in which our tuk-tuk driver was a criminal and we were left to fend for our lives, he turned into the Lotus Lodge:
The charm of the Lotus Lodge lies in its common area:
View from the tower! It was really windy up there. Also that’s Ottie, Ant, and Ross playing pool in the background. Also if you look hard enough, you could barely make out Dar and Chris lounging on the chairs behind the foliage.
One of my favourite experiences here happened right outside the premises- One of the Lotus Lodge tuk-tuk drivers, surrounded by this group of kids, was in the middle of extricating a snake. He eventually handed the serpent to them, and I took this shot of the fiesty group.