So we're finally back in Bangkok, and it is slightly better second time round! You don't get annoyed nearly half as much.
Our three days at Angkor were incredible - the photos, even though there are far too many (we got quite trigger happy), can't do it justice. Angkor Wat, which is the main temple, was breathtaking. One of the things that amazed us the most was how huge they all are - they tower up high or extend backwards further than you think and the whole area of temples is vast. It took us an hour and a half to get to one of the temples. The dubious tuk-tuk driver turned up on our first morning and introduced us to his 15/17 year old younger brother and said "He will be your driver for the next three days!". Which we found hilarious, but this poor kid didn't really have a clue and on our last day we thought he was going to topple over. A bit gutting really as we were hoping to have a clued up guy who could speak some english and tell us about the temples - but the boy didn't even know how to drive us into the centre of Siem Reap (his home town!) haha!
After our 3 long temple filled days we moved on to Battambang. It's a shame we didn't have more time here as we really enjoyed it. We managed to fit in a khmer cooking course, as we became addicted to some local dishes (khmer curry, amok - fish coconut curry, and loc lak - beef spicy gravy goodness). It was an awesome morning, except when we were shopping in the market for the food beforehand and the fish were jumping out of the buckets at me. Our last afternoon in Cambodia was a fantastic end to our trip there. We got a moto taxi out of Battambang through all the local villages. Our moto driver was excellent and kept stopping to show us local sights and explain things to us. Everyone out there was extremely friendly - shouting Hello's and waving like crazy, especially the little children. We felt a bit like super stars for all the attention! haha! Before heading back to Battambang we had a slightly crazy ride on a bamboo train. I'll leave the photos to explain to you what it look's like, but it was great fun - even if slightly scary when you meet other platforms coming from the opposite direction.
Then it was time to make our way back to Bangkok. A shared taxi (Pug and I had to share the front passanger seat!) and the train got us back into the city. The border crossing was really easy, which was a relief as we've heard some horror stories about that particular one. Met a couple of really nice kiwi's on the journey who have offered a place to stay when we get to Auckland, which will be handy!
Once in Bangkok we managed to meet up with some of Pug's mates from back home. We've had a great but messy few days to say the least! And I don't think Fearne made a fabulous first impression on the poor boys! I blame them for all that Beer Chang though.