Andrew and a 20yr old Cambodian get a room

Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
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Trip End Feb 26, 2011


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Hotel 89

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Feeling fully recovered and reenergised (from my whole day in bed) we decided to really push the backpacking theory to the limit and have a 'pool day'. Although our hotel didn’t have a pool of its own it had an arrangement with another (4*) hotel that for $3 we could use theirs, seemed a no brainer to us in the oppressive heat so we grabbed our towels and went in search of the other hotel.  The pool area was gorgeous and with only one other person around it it was heaven.  We swam and sunbathed for a few hours until the inevitable happened and it started to rain, well I say rain but it was more like a monsoon.  Unable to resist the urge, and to get out of the rain, we were lured in to the bakery on the way home by some saucy looking sausage puffs.  Lunch taken care of we got back to our hotel and were treated to the usual cool towels and iced water which we were so getting used to and we sheltered from the rain for a few hours and re-planned the trip giving ourselves another two months in SE Asia as there are so many more places that we want to see here.

As the rain stopped we ventured out to eat at the restaurant that Andrew had found last night and they seemed quite surprised to see Andrew back and with a date for the evening.  We tucked in to vegetable tempura and I had a ‘Golden curry’ which tasted like a Masaman curry only nicer.  It was a lovely meal and really cheap too.  We decided to walk in to town as it was our last night and I wanted to give the fish massage a go that seems to be really popular here.  For $2.50 you get to put your feet in to a tank or paddling pool of fish and as they eat the dead skin from your soles you enjoy a relaxing can of free beer, how great.  Well Andrew didn’t think so, it tickled too much.  OK it did tickle, a lot, but it was strangely enjoyable nonetheless.

We walked back to the hotel through the night market and Andrew got brave so decided that we were going to have a proper massage, by a person, back at the hotel.  As a massage novice I wasn’t too keen but Andrew was adamant that we wouldn’t find a cheaper massage on our trip so we had to do it, it was $6 an hour.  We got back to the hotel and booked an hour full body massage each and fifteen minutes later two tiny Cambodian girls turned up at our hotel room door.  We had originally planned to be in the same room so Andrew looked scared when the kindly hotel man said he had organised another room for him.

One hour later and a bit sore, this girl had pummelled me to within an inch of my life, she’d even stood on me at one point, the agony was over.  I can’t say that I’m too much of a fan of Khmer massage.  Andrew claims that his masseuse was very keen to find out who I was, I can’t quite think why.  Anyway it had all been pretty weird and painful.  I can’t say that I’ll be rushing to book a second appointment.


Andrew edit - mmmm well me and the 20 year old cambodian girl went to another room and to be honest I wasn't quite sure what we had ordered. I lay on the bed and she but her hands on my 'hips' and smiled at me for about 1 uncomfortable minute then said "who is that downstairs" I responded with "my wife now how do we start the massage". I then wondered if I had jumped to conclusions, but maybe not. All very funny in hindsight.
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Vic on

Snorkling shouldn't be a problem from now on then E.

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