Tuk-in’ for a Ride

Following our Angkor tour, we had a free day before our evening flight to Hanoi. We decided to see the Angkor National Museum, which has artifacts from the Angkor temples. We went out to the street to engage a tuk-tuk to take us to the museum, and that was the beginning of our ride.

We told a tuk-tuk driver that we wanted to go to an ATM and the Angkor National Museum. He asked if we had museum tickets — no, we don’t have tickets. We negotiated a price and got into a tuk-tuk with another driver. This is common in Cambodia, where most people don’t speak English.

The driver took us to the ATM. Then we got back into the tuk-tuk and drove down the street to the museum. The driver didn’t slow down as we neared the driveway to the museum. We yelled that we wanted to go to the museum, but he kept going.

He drove us to downtown Siem Reap and stopped at a travel agency. We didn’t get out. We yelled at him that we wanted to go back to the museum. He looked at us and drove us to the museum. We paid him the agreed-upon fare and got out.

Perhaps the travel agency sold museum tickets and the driver would get a finders fee if we purchased tickets.

The Angkor National Museum is expensive, 12 USD per adult. It’s new and air conditioned. The exhibits are only so-so — mostly Hindu and Buddhist statues, with a large room of Buddhas. Signs about the Khmer empire were good.

We were done about noon, and outside was hot, as usual. But rather than risking another tuk-tuk ride, we decided to walk back to the hotel and shower. The walk back to the hotel was fine — we got sweaty, but we didn’t get lost.


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