Following the 3 hr bus journey to the Thai border and the shared taxi with some Londoners (2hrs ish) we arrived in Siem Reap. The journey wasnt half as bad as what we had been told, the road in Cambodia was supposed to be really bumpy and many people got sick. This was enough for Stace to overdose on motion sickness tablets prior to setting off! But in truth the journey was great, and we had no vomit stops for a change.
Unfortunately we couldnt stay in the guesthouse we wanted to (Rosy guesthouse) as it was full, but we found one 30yards away for just $6 (4 pound ish), and it was very spacious and clean, with a TV also! We had a great meal the first night in a local restaurant that didnt cost much at all. We then had an early night (after watching CSI New York!).
We got a tuk tuk into the Angkor Wat complex the next day at 5am, just so we could see the sunrise over the main temple (Angkor Wat). It was pretty cool to be honest. We walked around most of the day seeing some of the different temples and found it strange that most of the funding doesnt even come from Cambodia. Obviously the country hasnt recovered from the Khmer Rouge era and is still unstable, due to this diffrernt temples are being cared for from funding from countries such as France, Japan, China, Holland. We spent most of the day at the complex and by the end we were both pretty bored, and glad that we didnt get the 3 day pass ($40 each) but just the one ($20 each). Had another awesome meal at a place called Bopha and I got a banana roti (pancake) from the dude on the side of the road for about 10p!
Siem Reap itself is the typical tourist town and Stacy wasnt too fond of it so we were soon back on the road (or river as it turned out) to a place called Battambang.