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Monday, September 23, 2013

Travel Photo: Sleeping at Angkor Thom

One sees so many innovative and interesting things while traveling and this is one of them. I was inside the Angkor archaeological park and it was mid afternoon time. I was here on an invite from the tourism authority of Thailand and the Ministry of tourism of Cambodia and our group had got a bit delayed due to the rains. But, the clouds cleared up and the sun shone nicely to make it a sticky afternoon. By the time we had finished exploring the beautiful Bayon temple, we were all sticky and tired and I felt like putting up my feet and resting.

Comfortable way to sleep inside the Angkor complex of Siem Reap, Cambodia
It was precisely at that moment that I saw this tuk tuk driver sleeping in his hammock inside his tuk tuk. As much as I wanted to trade places with him, I was enticed by the way he had set up his hammock in the passenger carriage of this tuk tuk. A perfect setup to protect him from the sun and the rains and give much needed rest to these tuk tuk drivers who wake up early (to take their customers for the Angkor Wat sunrise) and stay up late in the night (to take the tourists to the pub street in Siem Reap).

P.S. Such hammocks are real cheap in Siem Reap’s old market and are insanely light and comfortable. I have one of them myself.



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