Hope you all had a good day at work or if your still at work now I hope its fun!!!! he he. Also to let you know we have updated some more pics onto facebook this evening so you can see these using the below link:
We are now sunning it up at the cambodia beach resort called Sihanouk Ville.
After the last email we headed to a town called Kampangcham using the public bus which was actually better then we expected, it was sad to leave Siam Reap as we really enjoyed the place but guess we need to get used to that.
After 5 hours on the bus we arrived at our hotel which was over looking the Makong river, this town was really a trading port and not many tourist go there at all. Once we had settled in a bit we headed out to a nearby temple on bikes and tuk tuks, as soon as we came out of the hotel all the locals were waving and saying hello. All the children are really excited to see us and they have all learnt how to say 'hello, what is your name?'.
Many of the locals in this town are quite poor living in very small shacks on the side of the road but they are all very happy which is quite humbling when us westerners worry about having a nice phone and the latest Ipod. Once we arrived at the temples a local guide and tuk tuk driver showed us around and told us that The Khmer Rough killed his grandfather and his uncle which also makes us realise it was not long ago all this was happening. Our tour giudes mum was also killed during that terrible time. The temples were a monument and the place of a lot of killings in the area 20 years ago. So pretty sad but very interesting. This day was also a Buddhist holiday meaning all the restaurants were closed so our guide organised us to visit the guide/tuk tuk drivers house for dinner with his family.
Dinner with the family was really nice in a beautiful house on stilts on the lake, there was one main large room and we believe there are two other small rooms this was considered a large house because the land was passed down the family to him.
The next day we was up early (again) and off the the home stay via Phnom Pen, we just stopped in Phnom pen to stock up on beer and to buy the cambodian family gifts. We arrived in the village later that day and walked around again greeted by hellos from all the children and people came over to talk to us. It feels great to be treated like celebrities and everyone is o glad and fascinated to see us everywhere we go. The evening at the house was good after several beers we think the family are used to people coming over though they have a few groups each week and probably think all westerners are piss heads. We slept in a wooden shack on the floor with a thin mattress and a mosi net. Later in the night the monsoon rains started up and found there were quite a few holes in the roof, after turning the torch on to seal our bags up and to put waterproof covers on them we were greeted by the whole family huddled up in front of us trying to keep dry.
After a slow hung over morning we headed to where we are now at the beach where the children are the best sales reps in the world. Just had our first full day in the sun on a boat trip to nearby small islands. we're now off for a few Ankor beers on the beach and dinner.
To all those of you who have sent us emails of travelling over the years - in your face!! its our turn.