After we settled in our hotel, our agenda for the afternoon + night was to walk around before our reserved trip to an Apsara dance show.
Our first stop, a modern temple. One of the oldest temples in Siem Reap town – and definitely one of the most gorgeous and colorful temples I’ve been to. Khmer people in Siem Reap are VERY used to bold tourists just walking into temples, snapping away and treating it like a museum. At first, we were very hesitant to go in but a young man walked out from the temple and motioned us to come in. Not knowing that I was going to be going in a temple, I was wearing shorts (Not the best thing to wear in Siem Reap since there are temples everywhere). Fortunately, I had a scarf with me so I tied that around my waist like a sarong (skirt) and it came to my knees. Remember to dress conservative. The people in the city usually don’t mind but it still is somewhat rude when you walk into prestigious places like temples where people are worshipping. It’s always good to have a scarf with you too – for sweat and to cover up when you need to. I guess the only thing to keep in mind is to be quiet and try not to snap away too much while people are praying – it’s cultural but also very religious and I get pretty sensitive when it comes to the subject of crossing the border between trying to capture all the fascinating things versus turning a lifestyle into a show for tourists. I know these are all stating the obvious but it’s definitely something that slips my mind sometimes and I don’t think about – something I need to constantly remind myself.