Hallo from Cambodia
Siem Reap Travel Blog› entry 3 of 14 › view all entries
January 10th, 2006 – by: Chelsea
Sadly, the only real journal I kept on this trip were my (dedicated! and rather hastily written) emails to my mates. So, here they all are, enjoy!
Starting with the first email:
Well I'm in Cambodia at the moment in siem reap near the temples. went to angkor wat and all the rest yesterday and the day before so that was cool. it was well worth the bumpy/dodgy bus ride coming over from bangkok. the bus was only 350B though (about AU$12) so it was a pretty good deal. the first half of it was in a huge bus anyway. the Thai countryside is strangely anonymous.. apart from the occasional sign in Thai there isn't much that really makes it distinct from elsewhere in Asia. if u took a photo of it it could be anywhere.
The Cambodian countryside is nice though.lots of little houses on stilts and that sort of thing. they all seem to build their houses on top of the one puddle on their land tho i don't know why that is. cambodia reminds me a bit of nepal with all the kids that come up asking for money. things are actually more expensive here than in bangkok (well, some) cos they deal in US dollars. that means the lowest they'll sell something for is a US dollar, because they don't take coins. so if u want something cheap u should pay in riel (local currency0. i got a scarf (1 of many) the other day though for about 50 aussie cents so its not all expensive. if any of u hear from al he's telling lies about scarves.
In Bangkok we stayed in Khao San which was pretty cool. Its the oddest street i think i've been on. so different at different times of day.we took the local bus in and when we got there it was about 1am (and we'd even moved to the earlier flight0 so we were just wandering around trying to find a guest house. theyre were a mix of locals, backpackers and generally dodgy people wandering around and some of them were locals too. its a street full of shops and pubs and guesthouses, and in the middle there was this man selling balloons. i don't think he's ever sold one. there was some good banana chocolate prata too. oh yeah, some of u wil be interested oto know that food in this part of the world is really good. i haven't had a bad meal yet. apart from the one local place we had breakfast in the first day maybe. but it only cost 20B (60 cents). plus we're not sick yet, so thats good!
well after its one more day here in siem reap and then off to phnom penh by boat. Hope you've all been having a good holiday!
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