The bus trip from Phnom Penh took about 5 hours and was OK, but I was so pleased I had my ipod. We did stop for lunch but funnily enough I didnt fancy a fly and mosquito ridden restaurant, or the beatles and spiders covered in chilli sauce and sugar on offer outside. It was chaos at the bus stop but I managed to get a tuktuk that took me to my amazing value Angkor Star Hotel - spotless, big room and a nice swimming pool all for eleven quid a night plus (a dodgy) breakfast for a bit extra.
I met up with a mother and daugher, Jean and Devon, from Vancouver who I had met in Phnom Penh and we booked a three day pass to the Temples of Angkor for US$40. They are amazing too, we visited all the main Wats - the carvings, there history, and sheer size are breathtaking. The most famous is Angkor Wat and we decided to follow the advice of the guidebooks and see this at sunrise, which meant a 4am wake up. We arrived in pitch black and stumbled our way up and down a few awkward steps to a spot by the lake and watched it appear in ever increasing light, I'm pleased I did it but I didnt think it was worth the hassle of such an early start, particularly as it played havoc with my guts which isnt good when facilities are "limited"! My favourite temple was Bakong, a tall imposing structure which we climbed to the top of and gave stunning views across the tree-tops. After three days though I had seen enough and today, my last in Siem Reap, I'm taking it easy by the pool particularly as yet again we have 90 degree sunshine!
We also fitted in a couple of boat trips, one a sunset cruise to a tiny island (you could walk around it in 3 minutes) with just a couple of families on it which we visited as apparently it gave great sunset views. We did get there way to early though and waiting 2 hours seemed very long particulary as we got hassled to buy everything from guide books to bracelets and whilst the sunset was nice it wasnt really worth the trip. The other boat trip was far better, going through a floating village with various dwellings, schools and churches all on the water.
Evenings have been spent in Bar Street, I won a pool competition one night which paid for some accomadation! The Angkor beer has flowed down far too well and the food has been excellent, although I'm ashamed to say I have barely tasted any Cambodian food as I just dont fancy it but will try and give it a go tonight.
Its a nice safe town which isnt too manic, with massive posh hotels leading up to the Temples, and at my end of town plenty of little shops and masses of tuktuk drivers ready to take you anywhere. Certainly well worth a visit.