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Day 1 land in Siem Reap
Landed in Siem Reap this morning breezed through customs and then onto our bus to head to the resort.
The guide who met us was extremely friendly and welcoming, on our way to our accommodation he gave us a bit of an introduction to Cambodia and provided some laughs.
On arrival at The Shinta Mani resort we are quickly allocated our rooms and given a quick run down on the schedule for the day. Shinta Mani is an organisation that supports under privileged people and provides support to farmers and education and trains local youth in business and tourism to give them employment for the future. Travel Marvel directly support the work of this organisation so if you are traveling to Siem Reap you can also help by supporting the organisation.
The resort is well appointed the staff are friendly and the rooms are a good size and overlook the gardens and the pool area.
Next is the meeting to explain the agenda and allocate your number for the duration of the tour. We meet our tour manager Mr Yee and get the drill on how everything will work.
This afternoon we will be visiting Ta Prohm temple famous for its trees which have intertwined themselves into the structure of the building and going to the ODA (Opportunities for development through art) which provides support and training for under privileged children.
ODA is a great place to visit we are treated to entertainment provided by the students who are also orphans are are housed on the property. Bring lots of pencils crayons and paper the school can use as much as they can get.
In keeping with the request of the founders I won’t be posting any pictures of the children on the internet. Suffice to say these kids are not only talented but their English is excellent. They use these visits to help improve their English conversation and love to show you around the establishment and converse with the visitors in English.
On to Ta Prohm, this temple is amazing the intertwined trees are a site to see and you will not be disappointed. The temple is gradually being restored to its original glory the way the trees have embedded themselves both adds a unique character and at the same time has been the main reason for the temple deterioration.