Here today, Saigon tomorrow

A family from California moves to Ho Chi Minh City. Hilarity ensues.

Angkors Away!

[And…the puns keep getting worse.  We thought about “Siem Reaping the benefits of having Sarah’s parents visiting” and “I got a hangkoring for some temples” but decided not to subject you to those.]

I know what you’re thinking.  “Didn’t the Schnacks just go to Angkor something? Shouldn’t they explore someplace new? What’s trending on [insert your favorite website here]?” Yes, even though we tromped through the temples of Angkor a mere 47 days ago, we accidentally found ourselves there again, playing tourguides to Sarah’s folks.

See, what happened was this: Pat and Carol agreed to come out to Vietnam and visit Hoi An with us.  The flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Nang (near Hoi An) were super cheap and so the Gannons worked on getting the cheapest flights out to Southeast Asia from Cali.  But by the time they did so those same cheap flights were not quite as available.  As in they were completely sold out.  On every airline.  Because it was the beginning of the Tet holiday.  But we needed to make it to Hoi An, so Sarah figured out a way to fly to Siem Reap, stay for 26 hours, and then hop over to Hoi An.  Consequently the Gannons got to see the temples and the kiddos got to climb, climb, climb.



The hotel welcomed us with a beautiful misspelling made out of leaves!

Sarah’s folks and I made it out to the Siem Reap night market to check out some after dinner nibbles.


I have never seen better displayed snake snacks.  You may have to squint to see the huge winged beetles and spiders in the upper right corner.  You know, next to the grasshoppers and grubs.


Both a noon and a night market?  They seem to be hedging their bets.




Temple time!



Hurry!  Before it runs away!



Some locals taught us to dance Cambodian style.






This monkey was SHOCKED by what was happening just off camera.



What can’t amok do?


The Big O took a break from exploring to enrich his mind.









The Little Lady was perturbed that the roots and the temple couldn’t just get along.




A quick bamboo mouth harp jam.

And after a quick (and delicious) bite at Le Café in the French Cultural Center, we were off to Central Vietnam (on a propeller plane, no less).


– Warren






While not the best spellers, Suorkear Villa in Siem Reap was quite a place.  The rooms were pretty luxurious and ours had its own pool which we failed to use.  It’s not quite walking distance to the main part of town, but they have a free tut tut to and from town whenever you want.  We also ate at the restaurant right after we arrived and enjoyed the food.  We’d recommend it!



4 comments on “Angkors Away!

  1. Pat Gannon
    February 19, 2015

    We were with you and we still can’t believe how great it was seeing all this.

    Thanks for being such great tour guides.

    Sent from my iPad


  2. Bill Schnack
    February 19, 2015

    I loved ALL the Angkors Away faces. Yet there are two faces that top my list: Monkey’s shocked face over lunch selections and Carol’s shocked face over lunch selections.

  3. Philip Garrison
    February 20, 2015

    I only wanna know how you got those stone suits on the kids? Was it dangerous?

  4. Warren & Sarah
    February 20, 2015

    Very carefully…

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