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Angkor What?

Up at dawn.

semi-overcast

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Day 1 at Angkor yesterday was amazing yet tiring, we toured 5 or 6 of the smaller temples (still bloody big) taking respite from the heat only once Paul, our tuk tuk driver fired up the moto for the breezy rides inbetween. So day 2 started at 4:45am in order to travel to Angkor Wat, the main temple in time for sunrise - the whiskey bucket last night perhaps not the best idea. Unfortunately the sunrise was somewhat non-existant this morning, and so we were left to explore the temple half-asleep wishing we had slept in. Tiredness meant we managed to look around until about 9am, when we decided to call it a day and head home to sleep.

Tonight we plan to reward our efforts by getting a fish pedicure!

Our next leg of the journey will be a sprint for the coast so that we can reach a beach hut with coconut cocktails and hammocks in time to celebrate Jo's birthday.

Posted by aspindi 01:47 Archived in Cambodia Tagged angkor wat Comments (2)

Welcome to sCam-bodia!

Fun fun fun at the border crossing.

Well we decided to get the 200 bhat bus to the Thai/Cambodia border instead of the 48b train ... rumour has it it was a verrrrry sloooow train. And the bus was great! Took us all the way to where we wanted to go in 4.5 hours!

Having read and re-read the advice on crossing the border we knew what to do and how to do it ..... we thought.
We made it out of Thailand and into Cambodia to the ''charming'' town of Poipet - casinos + scam artists!
And we found ourselves on a dirty road surrounded by men trying to make money from us.
So our only way out was to let one of them.

30 American dollars + 2 hours going 100mph on the WRONG SIDE OF THE ROAD later we got to Siem Reap..... the home of Angkor Wat, only to be hounded by tuk tuk drivers.

We had one tranquil night in the very nice Earthwalkers guest house but it was too far from town so we have now moved to the "Popular" guesthouse in town.

Today we have been all over the temples at Angkor with the help of our very nice Tuk Tuk driver Paul.

Now we're off to find some street food but probably not of the animal tongue, pig's snout or chicken feet variety that we have seen so far......

Posted by aspindi 04:58 Archived in Cambodia Tagged food angkor wat Comments (1)

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