Nat and Beck Go Large!
Today we thought we should do the right thing ang go and see some sights in the Cambodian capital - it would be rude not to! Due to a late start we never actually got anywhere until early afternoon (for a change). The Tuk Tuks here are so pushy we decided to be all out rebellious and venture out on foot! Apparently this is not the local custom as pavements are full of motos, cars, stalls, dog sellers - anything you can imagine apart from pedestrians - no wonder we got so many funny looks. We actually covered quite a few kms by the afternoon, we saw the Cambodia/Vietnam Friendships Monument, Independence Monument, the Silver Pagoda and then went to the S-21 Torture Museum - nice! It was a bit horrific actually; it used to be a school which was turned into a torture prison by the Khiemer Rouge during the civil war. It had photos of people in the camp 30 years ago and then a recent photo and comments from them. Some were prisoners and some were guards a torturers, its terrible to even imagine some of the things they were talking about, the whole place was turned into 1m x 1m cells and covered in barbed wire. Anyhoo, enough of that! We were then accosted by a swarm of Tuk Tuk drivers wanting a months wages for a ten minute drive up the road so were forced to be ignorant foreigners and push past shouting 'no thank you very much' in our best mum voices. We got onto the main road and it was starting to look like it was going to rain so decided to relent and pick up the next one we saw. Then miraculously there wasn't any! We ended up in a cyclo, basically a little carriage thing with a bloke who peddles at the back! Nat was sat up on the back of the cariage and Becky was in the seat at the bottom face to face with a million exhuast pipes! I wish we had a photo, we must have been a sight! We gave the bloke a tip when we got to the top of the hill - bless! We went went out for an Indian last night - its Korma dave, but not as we know it! Then had a few beers and an early night so that we could get up early for our bus journey down the coast! No crazies on this one, just a load of mosquitoes. We've decided we like Cambodia now, despite initial hiccups and deep fried spiders. Its not as cheap as you'd think, but the bars etc. are nice and you can buy bread (which you can't really in Thailand) And now we're at the beach, yay!