08.04.2013 - 10.04.2013
So we left the ping-pong shows of Bangkok behind us and headed off to Cambodia. Surprisingly enough the 4 of us naive over-trusting tourists once again got SHAFTED crossing the border. We paid for a promised '5 hour ride from Bangkok to Siem Reap' and got a 10 hour bus journey to the Cambodian border where we were essentially dropped off at the side of the street and left to find our own way to Siem Reap. ...ahh ye sure why not - what else would you be doing!
To be fair the trek was worth it in the end and we spent 2 amazing days in the beautiful Siem Reap. We strolled around the local markets and sifted through all kinds of weird and wonderful things on offer. And of course we visited the unforgettable temples at Angkor, one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia. We were very eager and visited some of the temples at sunset on the first day and then got up again at 5am to visit the famous Angkor Wat temple at sunrise.
Unsurprisingly my favourite temple was Ta Prohm, where Tomb Raider was filmed! (Growing up I was a tad bit obsessed!!) Myself and Diana ended up getting a bit carried away with the Lara Croft impressions that we both managed to rip our hippy pants in extremely awkward places. It got a bit awkward walking around with your entire bum on show so we took shelter under the tree for a while! (There was a stall where I could have bought new ones but I knew the woman was trying to rip me off so I refused to buy them!)
One thing that always fascinates me when visiting some of these world famous sites with Diana is her consistently strong ability to identify any 'restorative' work that has been done. You name it ...Machu Picchu, Ankgor Wat, Vietnamese temples.. if there's a restored roof, wall or even stone ...she WILL find it!! (and she will not be happy!!)
From Siem Reap we hopped on a night bus and headed down south to Phnom Penh. Here we stayed in the Number 9 Hotel which I'd recommend staying in for it's rooftop pool alone! It's only small but any amount of water in that heat is just GLORIOUS!!