SATURDAY 30TH DECEMBER 2006
Took a 12 hour local bus ride to Siem Reap.Kym managed to land on her feet, sitting nxt to a local woman who educated and fed her all the way where I was stuck next to a French guy who said barely 5 words. When we got to the other end there were loads of tuk tuk drivers waitin on the other side of this gate.Was crazy!When it got opened they ran at us like madmen.! Got a lift with 'Mr Lucky' to our guesthouse, just in time to watch the Reding game. Made the mistake of befriending 'Stone' who turned out to be a bit simple and spent the whole 90 mins repeating "I like Man U, U like Man U?" and giving me the hardest back massage Ive ever had. Reminded me a bit of a pis*** Gower!
SUNDAY 31ST DECEMBER
Had a lie in and then explored Siem Reap. You get the feeling it probably used to be really nice before tourism for Ankor Wat wrecked it. Constantly get hassled by moto drivers, litlle kids selling postcards and the menus are ridiculously expensive. Does get better at night tho.Managed find a bar called the Golden Temple where the food is cheapish, lush and has a free pool table and free tea. Obv we are regulars! Our new years was probably a lot differnt to all urs.watched the film 'The Killing Fields' which was real eye opener.Have just finished reading the book bout S21, the prison under the Kymer Rouge but the film brought the enormosity of what the Cambodian people went thru even closer to home. Got an early night cos we had to get up at half four to get to Ankor for sunrise.