We left Vietnam and our bus took us over the border where we had to get our Cambodian visas and then straight through to Phnom Phen, the capital. It was a riverside city with lots of Western influences and guesthouses and restaurants. We had a really nice Indian meal the first night we got there, after a quick walk around our new surroundings. In this walk we encountered a crazy local market and lots of stalls selling all sorts of bugs, fried toads and snails!
The next day we took the journey out to an old school which was used by the Khmer Rouge Regime as a prison. It was a rude awakening and really quite somber. What followed was even more sad as we took a visit out to one of the nearly 400 killing fields and learned (and saw some of the evidence) of some of the atrocities that happened there. Aaron and I were both really moved.
We went to a temple called Wat Phnon, which is how the city got it's name. It was beautiful and had the biggest candles we'd ever seen inside! There were monkeys running around the grounds of the temple eating peanuts. One of them chased me and jumped up at me, pulling my trousers. The locals (and Aaron) thought it was hilarious! We had a nice look around the city's Central markets and bought ourselves a new bag. We need it to fit in all of the stuff we've bought!!
We boarded a short flight to Siem Reap, which is famous for the Angkor Wat complex. Angkor meaning "city'' and Wat meaning 'temple'. We had to buy a three day pass to enable us to enter the massive complex. I didn't realize what a huge scale it would be on! We went out to a Khmer restaurant where Aaron got up on stage with the Apsara dancers and showed us all some moves! The next day we had an early start and visited many temples in the heat! We visited the temple where Tomb Raider was filmed. It was a long day, but well worth it. After another nice meal we called it a night. We had decided to get up early to watch the sunrise over the famous Angkor Wat temple. It wasn't the most breath-taking sunrise, but it was nice to experience it! We have spent another day visiting temples and stopped off for a quick visit to a Landmine museum. We're pretty tired now. Tomorrow we have a mammoth bus ride to Bangkok and then only a couple of days before our journey to London!