Cambodia - Siem Reap
Trip Start Feb 02, 2008
28Trip End Jul 07, 2008
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Thanks for all your messages, glad to see more and more people are finding us and following our journey! Well, we have made it to Cambodia which is where we are writing to you now. The journey was exhausting but hilarious - such a mission!
It was a 4 hour journey to Aranyapathet which was the town just outside the border to Cambodia and as there was not much to see we were able to shut our eyes for a little snooze. I dont think Andy was able to though as he had a little kid behind him tugging his shirt and kicking his seat! With an old woman sat across from him with the worst cough ever he didnt really stand a chance!!! Finally made it to Aranyapathet where our next form of transport was a bloody tuk tuk!!
It already had a massively different feel. We went from tarmac roads to dusty dirt tracks, there were taxi's everywhere so named our price and started the next leg of the journey! From Poipet (the border) to Siem Reap it was a 3 hour drive on the dodgiest roads ever!!
When it started to get dark the roads began to look a bit scary!! You couldnt see the massive craters in the road and there were bikes and trucks all over the place!! Aaagghhhh!!! All we saw on the journey were poor little towns with wooden huts and we were beginning to wonder if Siem Reap was going to be like this too?! Then we saw the lights of the town and the planes coming in and out of the airport and realised we had reached civilisation!! After a short tuk tuk ride (yes the blighters are here too!) we got dropped off on Wat Bo St which had loads of hostels so it was pretty easy to book into one. We are paying $10 a night and we have our own bathroom with a hot shower and air con!! Can't believe how cheap it is - 2 pound 50p each - haha!!
So our adventure continues, found a much nicer hostel than ours yesterday and it's only $6 so we are probably going to move there and then head to the Angkor Wat Temples tomorrow. Been getting to know the town since we have got here and chatted to a local Canadian guy all evening last night, he lives here with his Cambodian wife and was such a nice bloke to get advice and stories from.
Will update again when we have visited the temples, we are going to see about three as there are just loads;
Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and Ta Prohm so check them out on the internet. They look amazing.
Please write soon and we will update again in a few days time.
Lots of love
Nic and Andy
P.S. Going to try and upload some photos now
Where I stayed
Heng An Guesthouse