The first who will stop you at the causeway leading to the main entrance of the temple are tourist guards who will check if you have an ID/day pass which you pay for $20. Other rates here:
After that, you will swarm into a sea of people walking excitedly towards the interior ground of the palace.Then suddenly ----Vendors will approach.Maybe vendor is not the accurate word, but they are barkers working for the restaurants situated near one of the pools of Angkor Wat.If facing temples,these restaurants are located on the left seemingly hidden on giant trees.They are legitimate restaurants.And no scam here.Except that those who invite you to offer their food are the most annoyingly persistent of all persistent vendors.
Al fresco restaurants in Angkor Wat
That's when barker #1----the guy (looks like a muat thai player by the way) ---started to freak out.He raised his voice and said, "I saw you first,you are not good customers!".
That's when I fumed.Also in a raised voice I said "I don't know with you guys,why don't you talk to each other!".
What?Did he mean, he wan't us to leave Angkor Wat because we didn't pick him?That we are already his property?And come on!Their stores are next to each other, don't these guys talk and arrange it within themselves who gets who depending on who offered first.And as a customer, can't we decide where we want to eat?
And dude, for you raise your voice and tell us we are "bad customers" and even tell us to "get out of here", aren't you too much of an irritation?
I didn't realize until I was writing this article that this thing costs $5 or 200 php
which is already pricey.At some point of the trip, I stopped computing and converting to peso.
Damn,it was already in USD and
I didn't even realize it's already costly.Well, charge it to experience :)
It was too early and our mood was almost ruined.Good thing we recovered quickly.Maybe the Angkor coffee did help.
LESSON LEARNED:When approached by restaurant barkers in Angkor Wat,pretend as if you don't know how to speak English and not engage with them in any way.They could really get annoyingly annoying!
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