TRAVELOGUE

Siem Reap: Lotus Lodge

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:

Standard twin room at the Lotus Lodge, Siem Reap, Cambodia.We booked a standard twin room for USD$100 for four nights. We didn’t have a lot of amenities that the deluxe rooms offered, such as a safety deposit box and a kettle, but this room sufficed.

Walkway of the standard rooms at the Lotus Lodge, Siem Reap, Cambodia.The walkway for the row of standard rooms. The deluxe rooms are on the left of this picture, and the walkway there included a beautiful canopy of bougainvilleas.

The charm of the Lotus Lodge lies in its common area:

Setting sun through the foliage by the pool at the Lotus Lodge, Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Swimming pool at the Lotus Lodge, Siem Reap, Cambodia.… Although I did ingest some of the water in the pool while swimming and it tasted weird. Was it really chlorinated??

Common lounge with pool table at the Lotus Lodge, Siem Reap, Cambodia.

View of the poolside dining area from atop the tower at the Lotus Lodge, Siem Reap, Cambodia.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.

Half-boiled egg for breakfast at the Lotus Lodge, Siem Reap, Cambodia.There was free breakfast every morning, and I love half-boiled eggs like this. I suppose they weren’t on purpose though, since we came across some hard boiled ones too.

Kittens at the Lotus Lodge, Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Kitten sprawled on a couch at the Lotus Lodge, Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Kitten at the Lotus Lodge, Siem Reap, Cambodia.The resident kitties! Ottie figured they were siblings because of the kink in their tails.

Locals kids holding up a snake and a kite outside the Lotus Lodge, Siem Reap, Cambodia.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.

If you haven’t already seen my video compilation post on this trip, 5:18 marks the part on Lotus Lodge!

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