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Temples of Angkor

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:

Hi All
 
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.
Angkor Wat
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.
some roasted crickets for sale
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!
 
Chels
 


 

stabber911 says:
there are many types of bus you can take in thailand. I am ashame to say that sometime in thailand pple rip off tourist by selling more expensive ticket for cheap bus. Safe bet would be go to main bus terminal to go to country of Thailand. There are bus that really comfortable (The seat is as big as the business class in the plane) the ticket is reasonablly cheap too
Posted on: Jan 12, 2008
alanmica says:
that bus ride was a bit hard to take, my seat was not bolted to the floor so each bump made the seat tip over. But all things considered, it could have been worse.
Posted on: May 23, 2007
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Temples of Angkor
Temples of Angkor
Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat
some roasted crickets for sale
some roasted crickets for sale
Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat
Bantey Srei temple
Bantey Srei temple
House in the cambodian countryside
House in the cambodian countryside
some fish paste for sale
some fish paste for sale
Ali in the central market in Siem …
Ali in the central market in Siem…
petrol station in siem reap, haha
"petrol station" in siem reap, haha
snakes at the market in siem reap
snakes at the market in siem reap
on the boat going down the tonle s…
on the boat going down the tonle …
bayon temple
bayon temple
bayon temple
bayon temple
that is a banyan tree root in the …
that is a banyan tree root in the…
Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat
inside angkor wat
inside angkor wat
bantey srei temple, temples of ang…
bantey srei temple, temples of an…
falling apart temple i forgot the …
falling apart temple i forgot the…
me and my cambodian silk scarf
me and my cambodian silk scarf
me at bayon temple
me at bayon temple
weird headless fish at a market in…
weird headless fish at a market i…
terrace of the leper king
terrace of the leper king
view of angkor wat from inside one…
view of angkor wat from inside on…
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