We are now in Cambodia, Phnom Phen to be precise.
We joined up with the group on Saturday at possibly the worst hotel in Bangkok, it had damp rot, peeling paint, a broken mirror and holes in the wall!! Needless to say we switched rooms! The restaurant was just as bad, we were almost lucky that our table was on the way to the TV, the waitresses only walkked past to watch Asian Eastenders!
There are 15 of us in the group, mostly English and Irish, with a couple of Aussies, a Canadian and a Columbian. All pretty cool and we have a good laugh all of the time.
We left Bangkok on Sunday at 7am, we had a 4 hour bus journey to the Cambodiian border, thankfully we were on the bus which didnt have the people being sick!! We then had a 4 hour bus once in Cambodia to reach Siem Riep. That night we all went out for a good meal and a few beers.
We woke nice and early again, I thought this was supposed to be a holiday, on Monday to go round Angkor Wat, which was huge! We spent all day there walking round the ancient temples. It was very hot and sticky and the only relief came from theh monsoon rain! The building were ridiculously impressive, as you will see from the photos. The only bad part was when we cam across a loads of certain creepy crawllies and we had to sit in the bus for a while. Frans day was brightened up though by having monkeys jump on her and riding an elephant.
Once again we all went out as a group for dinner, in an aptly named road called Pub Street! After the meal we went to the night market, where I had a foot treatment, involving loads of fish eat dead skin off your feet!!!! Lovely!! Fran had a more traditional foot massage!
We then spent the night roaming the various clubs and bars, the night finished with me getting lost and fran finding me asleep in a Tuk Tuk.
It will come as no suprise that the following day was a write-off for me, thankfully we had a 5 hour coach journey, unfortunatly Cambodian roads are not a smooth as the roads at home, and I spent 5 hours bouncing around using all my strength not to be sick.
Once we arrived in Phnom Phen, we crashed out and missed dinner, instead we went to the restaurant opposite the hotel, ate then went back to bed.
Today, we went to see the Killing Fields and the old prisons and torture chambers of the Khmer Rouge, pretty sobering as it only happened 30 years ago, our guide lost hiis father and never saw himn again after they were separated.
We then took a Tuk Tuk across town to the river front for lunch, I had a suspect steak, wouldnt like to know which animal it came from! The we went to the Russian market which stank to high heaven!! We spent 30 seconds in there, then ran out gagging!
Our room is currently a temporary laundrette with all our clothes hangning everywhere in a vain attempt to dry them in time for our trip to the beach tomorrow.
Hope I haven't missed anything, as I've been trusted to write this one!
Any way, lots of love Chris and Fran xx