05.05.2007 44 °C
Firstly, we are sorry it has taken so long to update our blog again, we have been fairly busy and the blog writing has taken the back seat lately. As we have done alot in a fairly short space of time we are going to split our Cambodia blog into a few sections. So here goes for part one.
When we first crossed the border from Thailand to Cambodia we got a real sense of crosing a poverty line. On one side there was the more wealthy Thailand with flat and well kept roads, street lamps and proper waste management, and on the other side there was Cambodia, with uneven dirt tracks, lots of beggars and litter and general filth everywhere. Also the transport we took in Cambodia was nowhere near the standard of Thailand, our first bus broke down an hour into the journey and then we had to squeeze seven people into a taxi to continue the journey to Siem Reap.
Our fisrt full day in Cambodia was mainly taken up with our visit to Angkor Wat. A huge temple complex consisiting of over 50 temples and which is South East Asia's largest tourist attraction. We awoke at 4.30am to get to the temples to watch the sunrise from behind the main temple, though it was very early and we were both still tired from our journey the day before it was an amazing experience, the sunrise was simply breath taking. We then had an explore around a few of the temples, starting with the main temple. What we found amazing was that the stone carvings where done using diamonds and that the base of the temple had hundreds of gems and diamonds set inside of them. For the rest of the day we wondered around various other temples within the complex including temples used in the Indiana Jones and Tomb Raider films. It was a brilliant day, however towards the end of our tour the heat really started to get to us and we found it difficult to enjoy as much, the thing that kept us going though was the fact that our Cambodian tour guide spoke with a perfect cockney accent, even though he had never been to England let along London.
Later that evening we joined up with an Irish couple from the tour, Richard and Emar, for dinner at a restaraunt called the Red Piano which had been frequented by Angellina Jolie while she was shooting the Tomb Raider films, she even had a cocktail named after her! After dinner we all moved onto another bar, wittly named "Angkor What?" and met up with some others from our tour. Anyway to cut a long story short we drank alot and ended up drinking vodka in a petrol station untill 2am. Fun times!
The following day, and with rather unforgiving hangovers, we went on a boat tour to visit a floating village which apart from the hangovers and slight sea sickness was really good. In the village we went to see a crocadile farm, a catfish farm and even a floating pig pen! We had thought that a floating village maybe the one place we could escape people begging but we were followed around by children on boats asking for money. After the floating village we went to a small "hammock" bar (as in a bar with hammocks rather than seats), and while here Jamie tried eating snake, he thinks it tastes like fish. Katy thinks it is disgusting!
Anway that pretty much wraps up our first few days in Cambodia and we will write our next entry soon, we will also add some more photos.