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It’s Getting Riel in Siem Reap

First, I’d like to apologize about the massive delay in posting – apparently traveling non-stop doesn’t allow one to regularly post. So I’ve decided to do just one all-inclusive post on my trip to Siem Reap, Cambodia. As you can imagine, there weren’t as many fashion statements made as in Bangkok – most of them being it’s the rainy season and I’m muddy. Besides just outfits though, there was a lot of Cambodian silk, which I certainly took a part of, buying some beautiful scarves. One of the interesting trends in Southeast Asia now is using exotic locations for your wedding portrait backdrop. We stumbled across a wedding party at Angkor Wat during our visit.

I’d say the highlight of my trip though, besides the amazing temples (like Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm, the temple from Tomb Raider), was the food. I definitely have a new favorite cuisine. Traditional Khmer curries, amok, fresh spring rolls – it was all so delicious.

There were times when we’d stuff ourselves too full and have to wander around the Old Market to burn some calories. Isn’t life just awful? 😉 There was a lovely bonding moment with our tuk tuk driver when, during lunch, one of us ate too hot of a pepper and had to resort to gulping fresh coconut milk to cool off. Burning your mouth with spicy food is definitely cross cultural. Overall, I had an amazing time in Cambodia: watching the sun rise over Angkor Wat,

the friendly staff at the Golden Banana Bed & Breakfast (including our awesome tuk tuk driver, whom you should totally check out should you find yourself in Siem Reap! http://tuktukangkorenglishdriver.wordpress.com/)

fruit and bread picnics at the temples, etc. I can see why everyone loves this place, and I’ll miss it for sure.

Bangkok Beginnings

After about 24 hours of travel, I finally made it to Bangkok, Thailand! Yesterday we went out exploring, spending a full 12 hrs venturing around the city’s markets and the Jim Thompson House (the guy who is responsible for introducing Thai silk to the American market). I was exhausted last night to say the least. I’m a little sad to report that there was no interesting fashion at the Tokyo airport, but that did not mean I didn’t see some fascinating things here in Bangkok!

Walking around the city, we came across some pretty awesome street sculpture, like this spilled basket of jewels.

How’s that for some statement jewelry?

We continued on to the Jim Thompson House, where we toured the property and his amazing traditional Thai house. They have now incorporated a gallery, which displays some traditional Thai costumes. This one is for ceremony. Beautiful, isn’t it?

We then ventured over toward the Siam Center, where we saw that they were scheduled to have a fashion show!

The show came complete with a trampoline and neon lights. It was quite energetic!

Overall, the day was quite entertaining and so far I love the city! I can’t wait to see what today brings!