Hello from Phnom Penh! We had a pretty interesting time in Siem Reap, it was one of my favourite parts of the trip yet. The scary thing is that we’re now in our last month, we’ll only be in Vietnam for 24 days, and we’ll be there in 2…it’s going too fast!
So Siem Reap, we stayed in a really nice place, the staff were very friendly, the old lady had the hots for Lee! The unfortunate thing was that Siem Reap lost power while we were there, and was going to last for seven days! (3 of which while we were there). Now for those who don’t know, Siem Reap is HOT. Our room was getting the full force of the sun during the day, so our room was HOT. So hot that the corridors actually felt delightfully cool to us, trust me when I say that the corridors were not delightfully cool in reality.
Now imagine spending 6 hours traipsing round temples, through crazy heat and a huge amount of dust, and then getting back to a room that’s almost hotter than it is outside! Thankfully the lovely staff linked up some generators, and we got back from Angkor Wat on our last day to find working air con…amazing!!
Angkor Wat was amazing, the temples were incredible, we had a really good two and a half days there. I say ‘half’, though we should have been there for three days. On our second day we woke up early to see Angkor Wat at sunrise, by the time we got out of the tuk tuk I was feeling really ill and dizzy, but thought it was just a bit of motion sickness. The closer to the walls around Angkor Wat we got, the worse I was feeling, there were loads of people everywhere, everyone really excited to see the ‘8th wonder of the world’ at sunrise. Then I started feeling sick, like really sick. We started to head back, away from the crowds, I tried to aim for the lake… I may have ever so slightly/quite probably thrown up on Angkor Wat. This is mortifyingly embarrassing. Though maybe not as embarrassing as my shorts falling down on the slow boat to Laos. Maybe. Thank goodness it was dark!
On a lighter note, Angkor Wat is amazing, and if the opportunity ever presents itself, you should pack your bags and go visit. We traipsed round Ta Prohm with an Indiana Jones mind-set (where it was filmed, along with Tomb Raider, though I don’t like Angelina Jolie, and Harrison Ford is rather delightful), and clambered along tree covered temples and universities etc. We have a ridiculous number of photos, some of which are actually quite good, considering how snap-happy I can get..!
So after a surprisingly nice bus ride (with a fellow scouser) to Phnom Penh, we are planning on submerging ourselves further into Cambodian history by going to the Killing Fields and S-21.