Bangkok to Siem Reap

Trip Start Jul 30, 2006
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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Grabbed an early morning bus for the 5 hour ride from Bangkok to Aranypathed.
Arrivede into Arany... had lunch and paid 1,200 Baht for the express VISA for Cambodia.
We were let off the bus to walk the 200 yards or so through the border crossing. It was quite an eye opener to cross into the dusty dirt roads. There were people evrywhere. Masny were pushing cart LOADED wityh goods to and from the border market area. The road was terrible. You could feel the dust and dirt in the air, your eyes, nose and mouth. We had to drive slowly to navigate around all the potholes and uneven areas and the bouncing of the bus kept you holding on. People were yelling to one another and the tooting of horns sounded like yet another language. We were warned of wht this experience would be like, but it is so different when it hits all of your 5 senses.
We swithed to another bus and were headed on a 7 hour adventure through the Cambodia countryside. The landdscape was mostly flat rice fields. Every so often there were bamboo and straw huts selling everything from Pringles to shelves of Coca-Cola bottles filled w/gasoline. After a very long day, we ended up in Siem Reap. This is a busier town, nice and spread out. Just down the road are the temples where they filmed the movie 'Tomb Raider' (known as Angkor Wat). The bus stopped at the Yellow Guest House. We ALL were a bity apprehensive, but a double room with A/C, hot shower, fan and TV w/HBO, Cinemax and even CSNBC. Not bad for $10 USD per night. We headed out for a walk to stretch our stiff legs and found an nice little family restaurant around the corner called the ´Silk Lounge´. It was strange to find a menu in USD. Apparently almost everything is in USD, even the ATM gives you USD instead of Cambodia Reals. Great dinner for $9 USD. Then off to bed.

November 29th -Angor Wat
Another early wake up... 4:00 AM to head to Angor Wat. The temples are truly inpressive. They are HUGE and really spreadout. We took a Tuk-Tuk to watch the sunrise over teh temple. We found that this is quite a draw. There were over a two hundred people there already! We walked up and into the temple, in the distance you could see a special hot air balloon, just for the sunrise.


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mell
mell on

Curious Questions-
I assume by now, you've run out of things such as toiletries, like toothpaste, soap, moisturizer, deodorant, contact solution, etc....stuff like that.
Are foreign placements better, worse, cheaper, more expensive, or about the same????
and are they hard to find?
How about being able to do laundry? Is it hard to find places with accommodations?
How's the water in most places? Bathing water, is it hard, soft??? any odors??? about the same?
(I assume you're only drinking bottled water)
just curious.
mella :)

rbartorillo
rbartorillo on

Reply; Toiletries...
*In the countries we have had to look for toiletries, we found many of the same brands as in the U.S. In fact in Italy we bought Pantene and L'Oreal shampoo and it was alot cheaper than back home. We did have trouble finding 'anti-persperant' a few countries only had scented 'deoderant' (there is a difference). We bought suntan lotion at a store called 'Boots' (I think it is a British chain (??)). It was a bit expensive. I also had to buy some powder for a slight case of heat rash (from sitting on a bus through Cambodia for 12 hours with no A/C! ...It was 31 BAHT ($0.86 USD).

*Water; No funny smelling water yet, and showering has been fine everywhere we have been. We have been drinking only bottled water, which has been cheap if you know where to look. We have benn enjoying the fruit slushies here in Thailand (they have crushed ice, but no problems yet). I (Bart) did get sick in Egypt... I HAD TO HAVE a banana frappe in Aswan. Lyn warned me that they used unpastuerized milk there, but I coulnd not resist. (over the next 5 days I had stomach cramps maybe 3-4 times and 1 emergency at 'Valley of the Kings'. -But all is OK now.
*Laundry: The first month was hectic. We washed a few essentials in the sink and would hang them to dry overnight. In Sicily we used a machine (@Nellie & Stefanos) and in Thailand we have found 30 Baht per Kilo is average ($0.84 for every 2.2 pounds). -They came back folded and smelling great!
Thanks for always checking our blog!!!!

djbartorillo
djbartorillo on

stores
boots is good. Watsons is even better.

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