So i got up at 6 am in Sihanoukville as my bus was leaving at 7 am, Heading to Siem Reap. During that time i had to pack and go in to town and get some money out to pay for my room. Almost a disaster as the first three atm's was not working. At last i got my money and had 10 minutes to get back to my place , pay and get my bus. Luckily for me the bus was running late as i didn't make it too the bus stop until about 7 15.
So i boarded my bus and we set off. The bus journey was to take 4 hours till Phnom Penh, change and the get a 6 hour connecting bus to Siem Reap. I arrived in Phnom Penh and had an hour to kill. Mark my reliable travelling buddy was meant to be meeting me there to get on the next bus. The hour passed and surprise surprise he had failed. I contemplated on what to do for a few minutes and thought, sod it i'll go in to town for a night to try and find him. I had some other friends staying there somewhere called Nick and Neal so i was bound to find someone i knew. As i was going down to some guesthouses where i had stayed previously who should i find on the streets????? MARK. "Dude, Dude, what happened? Where were you?" "Sorry dan i missed the bus as i was wasted in a club called the heart of darkness". Cheers.
I checked in to marks room as there were two beds and nick and neal were staying in the room next door. Sweet, just like old times. That day we was going to go to an orphanage and give the kids some supplies but there all government run so what you give them probably gets sold on to give the guys at the top end of the ladder, even more money. There's a huge divide in this country between the rich and the poor. There's no middle class and i doubt there will ever be, well at least not in my life time. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. We ended up going to visit a palace on riverside and a walk around that part of town. There's a huge festival about to start here. Basically loads and loads of dragon boat racing. It's a bank holiday out here so you can kind of picture, it as a huge day. Well 4 days. We went back to number 9 guesthouse which is next to where we are staying to watch sunset and have a few beers. There we met nick, neal and some dutch chick who we have travelled with called maloose. I noticed some bird looking over at me smiling and laughing. Ahhh S**t boys, that's the girl who did a runner on me out of a club in Halong Bay in vietnam. Public humiliation about a month ago. I played it cool and choose to ignore her as know one likes to be made to look stupid. That night me, nick, mark, neal and maloose were all meant to go out and get drunk in a few bars. Mark didn't drink as he was still hung over, Nick and neal were monged out (puff puff give brother) and maloose was 3 hours late. Well i got drunk and made a fatal school boy error, I greened out.
The next day mark left for Siem reap to meet Steph and Laura but i wanted a few chilled out days so i stayed for another two nights. Me nick and neal spent the whole day chilling on the lake watching tv, playing pool. We was sunbathing on top of a boat and the same kiwi bird started waving at me. Huh, i'm no push over love. That night me, nick, neal and maloose all went out for some beers in our mates bar, he's called Ian by the way. Sweet, they have the new pro evo so we had a few games of that and then played scrabble with some Swedish girls. Guess who won??? Yup, that's right, ME. About 2 in the morning the same old kiwi girl walks in and i have no choice but to talk to her. "Hi dan" "Alright". We sorted out that night and are now mates again, she's called Izzy.
The next day i got up with the intention of buying an i pod (80 gig for £130). They didn't take card payment and i didn't have that amount of cash on me, instead i bought a book called Damage is done by warren fellows. It's about an aussie drug trafficker who gets caught with loads of heroin in thailand and spends 13 years in a Bangkok prison. I read half a book in an afternoon, impressive considering i hardly ever read. I got addicted to it and had it finished by the next afternoon. One of the best books i've read. Anyway where was i?? Oh yeah, ha ha. Sitting on a sofa reading and nick was on the opposite sofa reading too, he had spent the whole day flirting with some ugly local prostitute, nothing happened. Neal joined us and then did the kiwi girls soon after. We all arranged to meet up for dinner, go to our mates bar and then to a club called the Heart of darkness. If drugs doesn't put Phnom Penh on the map then this club will. I got offered some weed and said "no thanks mate, i only do heroin". OBVIOUSLY JOKING. He only whipped out a bag of heroin, i couldn't believe it. Anyway. We all met for a lovely italian, had some drinks and off we went to the heart of darkness. This club was full of rich local men with body guards and prostitutes. Being an english man you always get a lot of attention in asia, the prostitutes were grabbing me everywhere even rubbing my crown jewels, (sorry mum). I kept telling them to leave me alone and then got really annoyed with one of them and told her to F**k off and she started pinching my arm really hard and bruised me. b****. I walked over to the opposite side of the club and was just chilling having a few drinks with Izzy why the others were dancing. A local rich man came and joined us and kept force feeding us straight whiskey. He was friendly enough though. We all left the club and went back to our friends bar to watch the england Vrs Croatia match at 3 in the morning. Such a crucial game and once again we slipped up. Cheers steve. I left just before nick and neal and foolishly left my door unlocked. Probably the silliest thing to do whilst being away. Luckily i didn't get robbed but some video's were made by them, funny but embarrasing. U tube, here i came.
The next day we left to head to Siem Reap to catch mark and the girls up.