The next morning we jumped in a cab and we got a bus from Bangkok Northern bus terminal and headed for Cambodia. We were crossing the border at the Aranyasprathet, Thailand/Poipet, Cambodia. This took about 4 hours. We had 2 kids in front of us and I gave them a sweet, which was a bit of a bad move as they got quite hyper and proceeded to try and grope me (ok slight exaggeration) and nudge me for more candy! We stopped twice and police came on and took a few people off (have no idea why) Sadly the kids went to with their mum.
When we arrived we were quickly swamped by touts which I had read about online and they took us off to a 'visa express' to get a Cambodian visa. I had read it was $20 for the visa but they were insistent that it was only thai baht 1300 of it so we knew we were getting taken for a ride but we could see no where else in sight after checking out the place. We eventually paid it along with 6 French guys and agreed to share a taxi to Siem Reap. What we found out as soon as we crossed the Cambodian boarder was that you had to clear Thai immigrations then get a visa for $20 (silly us) When the taxi stopped in Siem Reap we got in a tuk tuk and showed him the accomodation Aimee had booked. Needless to say we did not end up there but some other random hostel- Kidnapped we like to think :) Aimee had been in contact with the hostel owner- Mr Tom earlier on in the day so he came to our 'rescue'. It was a lovely family run accomodation called The King Ankor Villa and he explained that the other hostel owner was always taking his customers.
We said we would do the sunrise at the Angkor Wat the next day but when we woke at 4am after not sleeping well there was no way we could do it so we agreed to do it the next day. Instead we fell back asleep and when we woke we ventured out to check out Siem Reap. We ate in Tell restaurant and I had a lush fish khmer curry- Good recommendation Khilna. We then chilled in a bar for a few hours. A bit later we headed off to the night market and I had my feet eaten by the fish (its the weirdest sensation at first, very tickilish) but washed down with a Angkor beer it wasn't so bad.
The next morning we woke at 4am after no sleep (no idea why but we both could not settle down) and headed off in our tuk tuk (massive in Cambodia) in the pitch black for the Angkor Wat. It was truely amazing just sitting and watching the sunrise over the temple. We ventured around this temple for a while and stumbled across the back way into some sort of little community where a dog decided to bark and follow us. Honestly I swear the dog was on something it freaked me out and I LOVE dogs!! It brought back memories of Malaysia (hey Ellen, Liz and Chan) Our tuk tuk man then took us to each of the sites and we proceeded to climb them all. It gets really hot out there even in the morning and we were both loving it but sweating our asses off. One of the temples Ta Keo was so steep and tall (about 50 foot) and it was pretty interesting getting back down safely. Not quite sure the insurance company would of paid out if something had happened.
We then headed back and hung out at the Temple bar and ate some food chilling waiting for the night bus to Sihanoukville. The strangest thing happened and I actually bumped into a guy who worked in the Content team at Ladbrokes. I saw him walk into KFC (Yes I know the shame) and thought wow he looks like that dude- whos name I don't know and they sat near us and I asked him. HOW FREEAKING STRANGE IS THAT???? It was him, I think it was the Finnish team he worked in. He always hung out with the guy with blonde curly hair..and they were ALWAYS HYPER at parties. It just goes to show it is a SMALL world.