Today we left early on a Public bus and headed for Kampong Chan. As we tried to sleep on the bus, the sound of horn was way to loud for our liking... the road rules over here in cambodia? ... THERE are NONE! all you do is drive or ride and honk your horn if you come up behind someone or are passing them. It is a scary time whilst travelling and the public bus is the worst!
We arrived at about 12pm in Kampong Chan and checked into our hotel. We had lunch together as a group and the majority of us decided to hire bicycles and go for a cycle around the town and onto the Mekong Island. Kampong Chan is a quieter city and doesn't have a lot of facilities... have I told you about the squat toilets yet... its so exciting when you see a flushing toilet AND a role of toilet paper he he. Our cycling started at 2pm and we all tested our bikes while Anto drove the moto with Christine on the back. What an adventure... it seems so hard at first as you concentrate on riding on the right hand side of the road, crossing streets where no one looks, joining round abouts and trying to stick with the group, but you eventually get the hang of it.
we went down to the raft that carries you across to the island. It was such a nice island and many families don't often see foreigners (known as berang) so many children chased us on our bikes waving and saying hello... they were so cute. We stopped to watch the farmers at work which is all done manually over here. We then headed back to our hotel and watched the sunset as we crossed the river. When we eventually got back to the otherside there was a massive group of people waiting to board the already packed raft and it was a struggle to get out as there was absolutely no patience to be seen in the locals.
We went out for dinner and were told there were no bars etc in this place so we just thought we would just have a our dinner and go to bed. I saw a pool table at our restaurant and I played a few games with the boys and the locals... and had a few beers... we encountered a few strange bugs and creatures and I took some photos of the beatifully lit up river!