Angkor Wat, Siem reap town, Sihanoukville
25.02.2013 - 28.02.2013
We had an early start for Angkor Wat. We went by tuk tuk and arrived at the first temple at around 9:30am. It was very hot, muggy and busy! We had a good look around the first temple, which was pretty fascinating to say the least. We stopped off for some fruit shakes which are amazing here! Must make them when we get home!! The weather by midday was a good 35 degrees!! We went round 5 other temples but the novelty had soon worn off within a few hours of looking at endless stone work!! And a temple was just a temple by the end of it!!! We bought some lovely fresh fruit throughout the day - the fruit here is so tasty, especially the pineapple! Our plan was to go back to the first temple and watch the sunset at around 5:30pm, but it got to about 4:30 and after a good heart to heart sitting by the river we worked out that sunset wasn't going to even be over Angkor Wat and was setting behind some trees behind us!! Obviously we had had too much sun that day and decided to call it a day. We had some food at the hostel and had a quiet evening!
Tuesday we had a lovely lie in! First one! We checked out of the hostel, but they took our bags for the day so it meant we didn't have to lug them round which was great! We hired some bikes to cycle around the town of Siem Reap! It only cost 2USD for the day! Could never do that in England!! We had a nice relaxing morning cycling around, but had to be very careful as the Cambodians are mad drivers!! Literally ride in all directions, left, right, central - everywhere!! But that added to the fun! It was hot though and we decided to call it a day early afternoon and had a pineapple shake each to refresh us - certainly did the trick!! We had a walk around the markets - each buying some bracelets which we managed to get a good deal on! And then we headed back to get our backpacks for the bus journey that night to Sihanoukville. We went by sleeper bus - which was an experience to say the least! We had a dodgy guy by us who kept offering us beer and vodka! So was a little scared to sleep that journey! I didn't sleep much but made up for it with a lazy day the next day!
Wednesday 27th - The journey took 10 hours, arriving in Sihanoukville at 6:30am, tuk tuk picked us up and took us to a guesthouse which is 5USD per person per night - very basic but it's cheap so can't expect too much! We unpacked our bags and went out and went for a little wander around the beach. Which is about 3 min walk from the guesthouse! The weather was very overcast but muggy. We lay down on the sunbeds, got pestered by lots of ladies on the beach wanting to sell us bracelets, fruit, fish, manicures etc but managed to say no to most!! Got a few freebies off the younger kids which we are adding to our collection of bracelets!! We decided to try the fresh fish for lunch as the lonely planet guide said it was very good! After our lunch we went for a nice, chilled out walk along the beach having a good old chat, just like girls would! Came back got some watermelon and pineapple and headed back to the guesthouse to say we were a little burnt! Just a tad!! Infact Soph is tanned, I am pink!! I'm blaming the side effects from the malorone tablets but I think I just need to except I don't go a nice colour in the sun!! We went out for some cocktails in the evening on the beach (very pretty with candles and people letting fireworks off) which was very enjoyable! Cocktails here cost 2USD, back in Hereford they are 5pound+!!
Today we were sore and feeling lazy, but sensible!! So we stayed inside and planned our next few days in Vietnam, which took a little time. We didn't really do much else, chilled in our rooms watched TV and then went out for some BBQ chicken kebabs and a drink in the evening, which was very enjoyable! Again getting another bracelet from some young cambodian children!! Tomorrow we are taking the day bus to Vietnam (leaving here at 6:30am and arriving in Ho CHi Minh at around 8:30pm!!) A long journey!! That's all we seem to be doing is travelling on the road!! Anyway calling it a night, as have to get up early in the morning. Catch you all in a few days with some more details about what we have been doing!! xxxx