apparently i should blog more often......
15.05.2010 - 17.05.2010 38 °C
Well then Goose and I have been away for a week now, and we are really missing England.....NAHHHHHHHHHHT!!
You'll all be glad to know we have made it out of Bangkok, things were getting pretty dodge to be honest, we were both getting pretty anxious to get out of there to be honest, but we had to wait a few days for a visa to be done for us, and with the kings birthday meaning a bank 'holiday it all took a bit longer than we would've wanted.
Anyway we have arrived in Siem Reap now, after a beasty journey which involved a very early start at 4 am to catch a train at 5 55am bit of a killer. we bought our train ticket for just 48 baht, about a quid and went on our journey for 5 and a half hours, to Aranya Prathet, from there we took a tuk tuk, who was part of a scam taking us to a fake border tryin to charge us 1200 baht for our Cambodia visa, luckily i had read in our guide book about the scams, told the tuk tuk driver where to go, and he eventually took us to the right place (Poipet)
After passing through the border and filling out 5 forms, and some skilled bartering to get te visa for the correct price instead of the inflated prices the authorities try and get you to pay, we then had to take a shuttle bus to the bus station, which we shared with some American girls.... at the bus station there are all sorts of tickets you can get and the communication between us and the Cambodians wasn't so great, prices varying from 9 to 15$ leaving straight away, or a 3 hour wait!! some how we manged to get a shared taxi (with American girls) for 10$each for a 2 hour journey,
We arrived in Siem Reap and found our hostel from the guide book again which is a life saver, paying 5 $ a night split between 3 as we have now found a Swiss dude who is with us called Laurent, so we are teaching him some english phrases, and chatting some pigeon french but hes very good at english,
So we had our first night in our little hut with a fan, with the temp not really going down below 30 degrees hot stuff. and woke early again to head to the temples, at a place called Angkor Wat, they are incredible, magical even like somehting from Tomb raider or Indiana jones they were prety sick, o and by the way we hired bikes for the day for 1$ so we were cycling around loving life doing it how the locals do, however goosey did take us on a slight diversion adding around 5 kms to our journey there!! having bikes was brilliant as we cud go where and when as we pleased. we ended up cycling around 25 30 km in around 38 degrees, drinking around 6 litres of water each with no exaggeration, it was a sick experience!!
We are heading to Angkor what again tomorrow morning to watch the sunrise as its meant to be amazing, no bikes this time though, as we bartered a tuk tuk driver down to 6 dollars for the day for his services, to take us around some more temples, so only paying an extra dollar each instead of bikes.
So that's our movements for the last few days, we both safe, having a wicked tim, and plan to move to Phnom Penh in like 3 days, and from there to Ho Chi Minh - Vietnam
Peace in the Middle East