The flight on Bangkok Air is short and pleasant enough, taking us over a flat, wet, very green landscape.
When the plane comes to a stop, we disembark and walk across the tarmac to Siem Reap International Airport – a cute little place beautifully landscaped with tropical plants.
Inside, we get our visas processed – standing first in one line where we hand over our passport, visa application, and a photo, then moving to a second line while our visas are put together by a line of blue-suited agents, passed down to the end, and handed back to us in our passports.
Beyond the immigration area, our guide, Choeun is waiting.
The airport is a bit outside Siem Reap and I am increasingly delighted as we make the journey into and through town. The scenes unfolding outside my window looks EXACTLY like I thought Southeast Asia would look – somehow it matches the picture in my mind far more closely than Thailand did.
I am ecstatic. Three days in this place with a few people I really like and our own guide.
This is going to be awesome.