As much as we'd like to write novel worthy entries of each of the 27 days of our trip and go into as much detail as you may want us to I think it's fair to say that we've got far enough behind in our blog writing to safely say that's not going to happen. So instead we will give you a brief outline of what we have done during this trip accompanied with some pictures that can hopefully fill in the details.
When we left off last time we were up to day 4 in the trip in Siam Reap, on day 5 we left Siam Reap by bus and travelled to a small Cambodian town called Kompong Cham (this was suppose to take 4 hours but with the bus breaking down twice and having to change tyres it may have taken a little longer) we were only here for one night and apart from the nice view of the river from our hotel room this town didn't have much else to offer us. So we were happy to be on our way the next morning to Takeo for our homestay. The homestay was good the family cooked us all a big dinner for the evening and we had a restful afternoon lying in hammocks.
The next day we left the homestay and headed to a beach town called Sihanoukville (we were here for 3 days and 3 nights). Whilst here we took a boat trip out to some of the islands where we were able to do some snorkling and had a BBQ lunch. The next day we were both planning on having massages on the beach but the boat trip the day before had left both of us with burnt backs and there was no way anyone was going to be touching let alone massaging them!!!
On day 10 we left for Phnom Penh and were here for 2 days and 2 nights. On the first day we went to the Royal Palace to see the silver pagoda (5000 silver tiles covering the floor) however it was not as immpressive as it sounds as most of the tiles are covered up in order to preserve them and we had to go back in a second time after we realised we'd walked straight over them without realising!!
On the second day in Phnom Penh we took a trip to the security prison 21 (S-21) and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. These where both areas used by Pol Pot's army, the Khmer Rouge, to interogate, torture and kill anyone they thought was a threat to Pol Pot's regime. On the way back from the killing fields we stopped at the markets to do some shopping.
Then on the morning of day 12 we set off early (6.30am) for our long days driving across the border to Vietnam.