Its been a while since we last sent an update. Jade's signoff on the last blog "we will try to update within the next week" never seemed to materialise. Every time we log on to a computer we head straight for the most important pages, Facebook, BBC News (Jade says this the first website she visits when she gets on a computer so she can keep up to date with things going on at home - this is a lie), BBC Sport (Me) and Email, and by the time we have finished with them neither of us can be bothered to spend another hour or so writing the blog. So prepare yourself for a marathon update now. Since Koh Tao, we have travelled up to Bangkok, through Cambodia, up Vietnam and across to Laos. Many things to tell you about, so we have split the workload between us and have decided to send you two updates.
From Koh Tao we took an 11 hour boat and bus journey up to Bangkok, arriving on the Khao San Road at 4.30 in the morning. Being the main backpacker area, the street was still pretty busy, but the nights activities had began to die down. People passed out in the gutter and drunk blokes stumbling around hand in hand with their lady-boy catches. We decided to take refuge in a near by MacDonald's as we planned to head out of Bangkok to Kanchanaburi at 7am. More travelling! This would be a little more exciting than our journey up from Koh Tao however, as this was the railway line made famous in the film The Bridge On The River Kwai. Our first day in Kanchanaburi was spent looking around the town, visiting museums and the bridge. That evening we came across a Buddhist night market, which seemed to have attracted the whole town, and ate probably the spiciest meal on earth. Apparently it was only medium hot. The locals seemed to find it funny though as I made my way through a roll of toilet paper from wiping the sweat from my face. The following day we headed to Erawin National Park, and walked up the Seven Steps Waterfall. Very nice. Jumping into some of the pools gave me a chance to cool off after the last nights dinner. We were warned to beware of the pesky monkeys that would steal food and water bottles left hanging out of your bag, but we didn't seem to have any trouble with them.
After two days in Kanchanaburi we went back to Bangkok. Again to the Khao San Road, but this time we arrived at 10am and the street had transformed into a market. The first day we spend looking around China town, discovering that Chinese food at home is very very different to the stuff you get here. Our second day we headed to Chatuchak Market - one of the biggest markets in Asia. It has 15,000 stalls, ranging from Thailand's newest fashion designers to pets. It was the pet section where Jade fell in love. Pug puppies. They were going cheap as well - about 90 quid. Our plan for the third day was to look around the sights. We headed straight for the Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha. Having forgotten to cover up for the occasion, Jade had to rent clothes from the entrance. She looked stunning. I have a feeling that all pictorial evidence has been lost, but I can assure you that her blue workman's shirt, its size probably a large men's, complemented her green sarong. She was not happy.
From Bangkok we headed across to Siem Reap in Cambodia. After a very stressful boarder crossing, and a 7 hour bus journey we arrived. After finding our bearings, and numerous trips to Jade's favourite bakery in the world (bold statement I know, but i'm sure one day we visited it 3 times, and each time she got an ice cream) we visited the Temples of Angkor to watch the sunset. Our ticket allowed us entry the following day as well, so this was when we properly explored the temples. The day started at 4.30am, so we could get to Angkor Wat in time to see sunrise - very impressive. Then it was off to the other main temples, Angkor Thom, Bayon, Tah Prohm (which was used in Tomb Raider) and a a few others. By 3pm we were templed out. The heat played a massive part in this - 42 degrees! The next day we visited a floating village on the Tonle Sap Lake . We hoped onto a boat and floated around the Cambodian and Vietnamese villages for about an hour. Our guide explained to us that since his last visit to the Lake, which had only been three days previous, one of the villages had moved about 100m.
The next day we moved onto the capital, Phnom Penh. It was a lot less touristy than Siem Reap - understandable as in comparison there was a lot less to see or do. After a Lonely Planet recommended walking tour of the City and a trip along Mekong we found it difficult to find much to keep us occupied. Jade's highlight of Phnom Penh was coming across a perfect DVD copy of the Twilight Saga New Moon. Throughout our stay in Cambodia we were approached at meal times by kids that could reel off facts about Britain. Standard knowledge was the population of London, and the Capitals of Scotland, Wales and Ireland, but one kid was able to name British Prime Ministers going back to WWII. A few mistakes popped up though. My favourite was Jordon Brown. After we cottoned on to there extensive knowledge we thought we should test them a bit. By the time we left Cambodia I was from Bosnia and Jade was from the Moon.
Now I pass you over to Jade. Enjoy.