Greetings from Tomb Raider country. We are currently in Siem Reap. Arrived on Thursday, by bus which wasn't as bumpy as the previous journey but unfortunately the seats didn't move apart and for 6 hours we and Louise were wedge in together, no need for seat belts. Upon arrival in Siem Reap we were greeted by a Cambodian, fluent in Cockney! He kept us entertained until out transport from the hotel arrived. No prizes for guessing what it was...yes it was out all time favourite Tuk Tuk mode of transportation and Louise has got so used to them she fancies having one as her summer mode of transportation.
The next day we were up and down in the town having a look around. No sooner than having a foot out of the tuk tuk we had swarms of kids gathered around trying to sell us books and bracelets for 1 dollar. We had one boy follow us for a while teaching us all the capitals of the UK and tell us there populations. We were very impressed but in spite of this we still didn't purchase anything, later on he came over and gave us both a postcard with a little message wrote on, but with our hearts of stone, we still didn't budge on buying he didn't really give us chance so we said that if we saw him again we would buy something but we didn't.
In the evening just before Sunset our personal tuk tuk driver that we had been assigned took us over to the Angkor Wat Temples to see the sunset, it was very beautiful but very packed all around but luckily our driver knew a small short cut which meant we could miss some of the crowds.
The next day we were out in the 36 degree heat to look at the numerous other temples in the Angkor Wat area. This included Angkor Wat, Thom and another but I can't remember the name of but it was a jungle one. By this point we were hot and all templed out. The only another problem was all the children around trying to sell fans, more bracelets, bamboo flutes, postcards, books and scarfs (yeah cause thats what we needed). And after one told us he knew the capital of England we couldn't resist asking him if he knew the capitals of loads of other countries, and he did so I felt like he had won our custom. A few other children managed to persuade us with their puppy dog eyes, and the bamboo flutes I was convinced into buying (a real bargain at 2 for $1) gave me and Louise some fun pretending we were the Pied Pipers with the children following.
That night we hit bar street and had a few bevvies at one of the local establishments and whilst setting the world to rights, as we have done most nights whilst we have been away, decided that we would only get in Tuk Tuk who hadn't touted for us and approach someone who was being patient. Half an hour later as we left the bar we were approached by a rather tasty young gentleman who offered us a Tuk Tuk and the previous idea went out the window!
Our final day, Sunday was a chance to relax as we knew that we would soon be back in the hussle and bussle of city life and the fact the next day we would be up for 24hrs travelling. So nothing much happened. Regardless of the pestering children in Siem Reap it was definitely much nicer than Phnom Pen. What it does lack is things to do, it gets all of its tourism from the Temples and although you can spend 3 days looking around at them as there are so many to see it can become pretty repetitive, you have to be seriously interested. Cambodia as a whole...well I think I would come back but only to look at the surrounding areas and wouldn't come just here it would be with visiting Laos or Vietnam not a holiday in itself. So thats it for living it cheap we are next off to Japan where prices rocket and the standard of living also improves, yipppeee no more mosquito bites and smelly toilets!