So today we had a bus ticket for a 9 hour drive to Siem Reap which ended up being a 13 hour ride! We got up early and left at 8am then got to "Sidewalk Hotel" at about 9pm feeling very hungry and tired. We also witnessed the weirdest Cambodian children's tv programme on the bus (a midget cutting up a pig imitating a child demon, who was equally as weird) the Cambodian passengers absolutely loved this programme! Myself and Hannah were unconvinced...
We got the hotel to book us a Tuk Tuk to visit the Angkor National Museum, the driver was called "Chen" and we ended up using him for the rest of our stay in Siem Reap. Once we arrived at the museum we paid extra for an audio headset and spent a few hours wandering around learning about the history of Siem Reap, religious stories and temples. Sounds rather dull but it was quite interesting, especially the Buddhist tales. It was also quite funny to stand in front of Hannah when looking at an exhibit and then pretend to not hear her over the audiobook.
Alarm goes off at 4:30am....now there's not much I would get out of bed for at this time, okay maybe a bacon sandwich, however we were told that the Angkor Wat temple was best to view at sunrise and is a great wonder. When we arrived there were hundreds of people there and it was a great sight to see. We then went to 8 other temples including the Bayon temple, Bayphon, Elephant palace and the temple where Tomb Raider was filmed. They were all very impressive. What wasn't very impressive was the rash Hannah had developed once we got in, she had an early night hoping that it would disappear.
Hannah looks like she has gone 10 rounds with Mohammad Ali, it looks like a very bad allergic reaction but we still don't know what it was from. I'm thinking we may have to experiment on her with different foods one day to find out, Hannah's not so keen!
Being the hero I am, I went out and got her some medicine from a local pharmacy. Not wanting to be seen in public, Hannah asks me to grab her some food so off I go to the local supermarket. However whilst I was here I realised it would be cheaper for me to eat out so feeling rather peckish I head to a restaurant for a curry and a few beers! Told you I was a hero! I return to Hannah (at least I think it is her, the swelling is quite bad) and bring her some sandwiches, she opens them to find that they all contain either tuna or crab and we think the allergic reaction may have been due to shellfish, oh dear, luckily I had some more food for her but must say that the sandwiches were delicious!
In the evening Hannah felt a lot better and the allergic reaction had gone down, we had a knock at the door from Chen who had heard she was unwell and came to check on her. As he was here and Hannah was feeling better we decided to go to the Cambodian Circus.
The 1 hour show was performed by children/adults who used to live on the street or were orphans. It was very impressive and included gymnastics, comedy, acting, juggling and dancing.
We had a chilled out day looking around the local shops and then ventured out to Pub Street for some drinks. We met a guy and girl from the Philippines and spent our evening with them drinking beer, cocktails and a bucket of .... I forget. It was very alcoholic whatever it was!
Received confirmation from Kyle that he had booked his tickets to Malaysia and booked ours too! Good times! Still unsure what Aj is doing but no doubt he will be there. You can never tell with him!
I took Hannah to the Indian restaurant that she had missed out on and we shopped around for the last few bits before flying to Phuket (Thailand) for the following day.
We have to agree that the Cambodian people we met (outside of the capital) are the nicest people we have had the pleasure of experiencing so far.