We left Siem Reap and caught a bus down to Phnom Penh. When we arrived it was dark and the streets looked uninviting. We found a place to stay and went out to explore. I won't dwell too long on this but Lisa and I were not keen on Phnom Penh. It is a dirty, polluted and seedy place, totally without character or charm. The traffic is unbearable; constantly kicking out exhaust fumes in to the hot air.
We spent 3 nights here whilst waiting for our Thai Visas to be approved. It is starnge how different Siem Reap and Phnom Penh are to each other but it's also quite fitting: Siem Reap is a small, dusty, quaint town full of colour and vibrance whilst sitting alongside the pinnacle of Khmer history at Angkor Wat. Phnom Penh on the other hand is dark, filthy and unwelcoming; it's main attraction being 'The Killing Fields' (a mass grave where Khmer Rouge killed thousands of their own people) which is the darkest part of Cambodia's history.
We were glad to leave once our free 3 month visas were granted. We swiftly boarded another bus and after a long and arduous journey in which I became ill with cold or swine flu or man flu or whatever.... we arrived back in Bangkok....AGAIN!!! But I swear for the last time!!!