I was hanging out with newfound friends at one of the fish massage areas near the Angkor Night Market in Siem Reap. My friends tried the Doctor Fish Spa and were giggling so hard when the fishes ate the dead skin cells of their feet. I was laughing at their reactions when an old tourist couple dropped by to check what the commotion was all about.
old couple (center)
I dipped my hand in the water to show the couple how the fishes would gather around and attack. The man took out his big camera to take a photo of scenario.
“Very ticklish, you should try it!” I persuaded the lady but she just smiled back saying that they just wanted to look at the fishes.
slow and steady steps
When they left, I found out that the man was holding a cane. The lady was also there to support him as they continued their walk outside the market. Being curious, I followed them. Only then did I realize that they didn’t have a companion to guide them. They were exploring the area by themselves.
Slowly walking outside and stopping at times to take pictures, it was really nice to see them on a date. I couldn’t tell their age but my friend said they’re probably in their 70s. Still, the fact that this old tourist couple went out at night (around 10:30pm) and without any family member nearby amazed me.
late night and still outside
A common notion for old people in my country is that they should stay at home and just rest. They are not supposed to go out just because they’re already past their prime. If they do go out, they need to be accompanied by a family member to help them in case something happens. That’s why it was really refreshing to see this picture as it makes you realize that it’s never too late to travel.
taking pictures of the Angkor Night Market sign
This old couple may have already gone to other places during their younger years. Maybe they’ve walked the streets of China or they’ve lain on the beaches of Australia. Maybe they’ve had their share of experiences during a Full Moon party in Thailand or they’ve braved the waves of Hawaii. Heck they might even have booked flights to new zealand for another travel adventure.
Here’s a video clip while I was following them.
This is one of those scenes that make you smile and say that life is sweet.
It’s also one of the instances that make you realize that… soloflightEd is a stalker. bwahahaha.
Here’s a couple of comprehensive guides about Siem Reap:
- Tips and Things to Know about Siem Reap, Cambodia
- Digital Nomad Life: One Month in Siem Reap, Cambodia
Check out my other adventures here:
- Quick Update from Bousavy Guesthouse in Siem Reap, Cambodia
- Siem Reap and Bangkok Chronicles
- Getting There: Cebu to Manila to Clark to Bangkok to Aranyaprathet to Siem Reap
- No Ordinary Train Ride From Bangkok to Aranyaprathet
- Bangkok to Siem Reap: Avoid Scammers from Aranyaprathet to Poipet Border
- Where to Stay: Bousavy Guesthouse in Siem Reap, Cambodia
- Where to Stay: Victory Guesthouse in Siem Reap, Cambodia
- Cambodia Trip: Angkor Thom Gate, Bayon Temple and Elephant Terrace
- Cambodia Trip: Trees in Ta Prohm Temple, Siem Reap
- Cambodia Trip: Walking Barefoot at Angkor Wat Temple
- Cambodia Trip: Pre Rup, Banteay Srei and East Mebon Temples
- Cambodia Trip: Haggling Prices in Angkor Night Market
- Cambodia Trip: Those Khmer Kids Selling Merchandise
- Cambodia Trip: Chill Out and Relax at Pub Street in Siem Reap
- Cambodia Trip: Insightful Conversations Over a Fish Massage
- Cambodia Trip: Land Mine Victims
- Cambodia Trip: A Guide to Eating Cheap Khmer Food in Siem Reap
- Cambodia Trip: Engrish and Random Sights in Siem Reap
- Cambodia Trip: Shuttle Bus from Siem Reap to Bangkok, Thailand
- Total Budget Expense in Siem Reap, Cambodia
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